In March of 2010 a Truck Committee was formed with 6 Fire
Department members (4 of them were in the Chief Ranks)
The Department started meeting every Monday night to review
every reasonable option keeping goals like
"safety of the Fire Fighters, safety of the community, Past,
present and for the next 20 foreseeable years the Town of Cabot Fire Loads and
type of calls we respond to, Cost
effectiveness options, flexibility of the apparatus layout, and the potentials of future members an option to "refurbish"
this truck because of the material its constructed with eventually in 20 years
saving the Towns people money in the future..
In April a list of past issues were formed and current
Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes were reviewed. A list of 10
venders was generated. All based on experience building fire trucks.
In May of 2010 we contacted each vender and gave them a
detail list of what the Cabot Fire Departments needs are.
June - August long
and detail conversations, emails , letters were drafted and responses from each vender were carefully reviewed.
September the list
was shorten down from 10 to 5 venders and interviews were set up for each
independent vender to be held. We visited other fire departments to see apparatuses
that were built by manufactures and how well the were holding up after being
placed into service as well as attending shows were multiple trucks were on
October and November. After the pulmonary interviews the
list shorten again from 5 to 2.and the final 2 were interviewed a second time.
covering in detail items such as warranty, NFPA codes, having a Demo come to Cabot to see there work and
type of construction quality that was performed. just to name a few
In December with a total of 984 man hrs consisting of:
630 man hrs worth of meetings
250 man hrs worth of proposals reviews,
61 man hrs worth of visiting departments / shows,
146 communications in email
43 man hrs worth of computer comparison charts
52 telephone calls made / received from venders
Minuteman Fire and Rescue Apparatus
with the truck manufacture of "PIERCE" was selected.
next 10 months the committee is preparing to spend an additional 1000 + man hrs
to oversee this complex purchase for The Town.
for your help, you may need ours later.
Total amount of Volunteer man Hrs to date on this project:
1775.3 hrs 1/19/12