September 27 - 29, 2022



The Firehouse Expo Apparatus Purchasing Committee is a free service and event that provides qualified Apparatus Committee members with exclusive education in apparatus design during the specification writing process. If your department is going to bid for apparatus, don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to receive free education and consultation from subject matter experts, and to network with other departments and agencies that are also in the process of researching, spec’ing and buying their next apparatus.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
APC - Developing Apparatus Specification’s: How to Detail Your Department’s Requirements

Developing Apparatus Specifications: How to Detail Your Departments Requirements is the critical first step to the apparatus procurement process. The apparatus needs analysis is the process to identify and evaluate needs that are specific to the community in which the apparatus is to protect. It further ensures you are purchasing apparatus based upon both current and future needs of your community as well as ensuring you remain fiscally responsible to your constituency.

10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
APC - Sutphen Tour

Limited to 20 participants.

This 2-hour tour will showcase Sutphen's manufacturing facility of its SPH 100s, SP 95/100s, industrial aerials and custom pumpers. The tour will include picture opportunities, truck inspections and time for questions. Sutphen’s Corporate Headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, houses front office team members and a complete manufacturing facility. Within the manufacturing facility, Customer trucks ranging from Columbus, Ohio, to Escondido, California, come through Dublin, Ohio. There are approximately 150 employees at the Dublin facility. Sutphen has long been known as an employer of choice in the Columbus area, recently winning the Conway Family Business of the Year award.

Visitors must wear closed toed shoes and will be required to sign into a visitor log book.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
APC - Apparatus Purchasing: From Specifications to the Final Inspection

Acquiring new fire apparatus is a complex process that involves many facets including needs assessment, meetings with prospective vendors, specification development, bid proposal reviews, contract award, pre-construction conference, mid and final inspections. The Apparatus Architects will review each of these areas and practical recommendations to assist your departments apparatus committee during the procurement process.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
APC - Pumpers: Design, Body Configurations, Plumbing

Course will review the different options to consider when purchasing a pumper. Body styles and what that means for the apparatus in compartmentation, hose beds, and ground ladder storage will be discussed. Pump panel, location and layout, pump plumbing including intake and discharge options will be discussed to understand how a department can maximize the pumpers versatility and take advantage of the modern pumper/diesel engine options.

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
APC - Using a Cooperative Contract for your Apparatus Purchase

Most fire apparatus today is purchased through a cooperative contract vehicle (pun intended). This procurement option allows departments to purchase the apparatus they want while satisfying their procurement policy and requirements. Over the last decade, the practice of using cooperative procurement has become widely accepted to help local governments save time and money. Attendees will learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized when purchasing fire apparatus. Available cooperative purchasing options will be reviewed.

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
APC - Purchasing an Aerial Ladder: What You Need to Know

The pros and cons, both operationally and in design, of the different aerial devices. Important decisions your department must make before designing your next aerial ladder in order to purchase a rig that will fit your needs will be discussed. Topics include deciding on mid-mount vs. rear-mount vs tiller aerials and whether an elevated platform is beneficial. Presenters will also discuss how to best equip and lay out your apparatus so that tools, ladders and components are easily accessible while making sure the rig is mission-ready based on response needs.

Thursday, September 29, 2022



Qualified participants receive:

  • admission to the Firehouse Expo exhibit floor, Opening Ceremony and Keynote Session
  • discount on conference pricing and packages
  • education from Firehouse contributors and industry experts, and time to consult with the speaker & major apparatus manufacturers at Firehouse Expo 2021 
  • guided tour of the exhibit floor
  • networking roundtable with experts



To participate in these unique programs, please submit your request for qualification by clicking the buttons above.