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A lot of thought and planning, then 9 months waiting

By Andrew Pollack on 05/01/2006 at 04:40 PM EDT

A lot of thought and planning, then 9 months waiting and finally I can show you these pictures!

Our oldest is already 22 years old. Its taken years to decide, and months waiting for it to get this far along. Delivery should be within 45 days, but I suspect it will go a bit late.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Craig Wiseman on 05/04/2006 at 10:29 PM EDT
Where's your new baby being built? I live just down the road from Ferrara Fire
For the first time, I can say there is something I can imagine good about living near New Orleans!By Andrew Pollack on 05/04/2006 at 10:51 PM EDT
That's cool Craig.

Our new Engine-1 is a Ferrara extruded body class-A pumper on their "Igniter"
chasis. We also have our new Engine-4 being delivered at the same time, which
is a less complicated Ferrara rig for the Chebeague Island station. This will
be our fourth and fifth Ferrara pieces. We currently have a heavy rescue
(Squad-1) and quint (Ladder-7) both built on the Inferno chassis and another
pumper (Engine-3) built on the Igniter. The next due for replacement is our
2000 gallon Tanker-pumper, and assuming the bids fall as we expect, it will
also be a Ferrara.

We've been very impressed overall with these, finding them very near the top of
the line Pierce rigs at significantly less cost. The big feature is the
interior room in the cabs, resulting from Ferrara's custom chassis work that
lets the set the engines a little lower on the frame.

The only issues we've had have been minor -- resulting from either rushed paint
getting them out the door a little too quickly and some sensor issues with
compartment doors thinking they're open when they're not. Overall, on truck
worth from a quarter to three quarters of a million dollars, that's pretty
minor stuff.

I've driven our first three Ferrara rigs many times, and have trained several
of my Engine-1 crew on our Engine-3 as the new truck will be nearly the same.
They're great trucks.
I'm going to take the high road and assume you're saying that b/c of Katrina/Rita By Craig Wiseman on 05/05/2006 at 01:38 PM EDT
.... because otherwise, it's a great place to live & raise kids....

I was born & raised in the New Orleans area, and we moved to Baton Rouge
about 3 years ago (went from 10' below sea level to 10' above sea level - I'm
still adjusting.)

Sometimes events can make your past decisions (like moving) appear exceeding
stupid or exceedingly wise....

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