Picture Gallery|Pittsfield Fire Devices PITTSFIELD —– Professional who evaluated the city Fire Department’s car fleet described it as aging and in a “rather precarious” state, while strongly suggesting an aggressive replacement schedule. Thomas Shard and Michael Wilbur of Emergency situation Vehicle Reaction Fire Protection Services likewise told the City board’s Public Health and Safety Committee on Wednesday that Pittsfield has acquired some “budget” cars that did not hold up well and have actually gone through high upkeep expenses. In the purchase of new cars, the specialists suggested spending more upfront to meet the specific requirements for an engine, ladder truck or other automobile, and factor to consider of a car maintenance program from the manufacturer covering the first 3 years of the car’s life. They added that deterioration of fire automobiles has actually ended up being an aggravating issue for numerous departments they have visited, due to the fact that of the chemicals being spread on highways throughout winter season. Unique interest should be provided, they said, to rust-resistant undercoatings and frame painting, as well as devices to enable spray washing of the undersides of automobiles. Shard told councilors that their report “paints a rather bleak image” of the condition of the city’s fleet, but the shipment of a brand-new fire truck this year and purchase of an excellent utilized car has “momentarily a minimum of stabilized the device fleet.” However he stated the experts’ analysis last fall discovered a pushing need for a formal car replacement schedule, which should be aggressive during the next couple of years. He added, “The city didn’t get here over night, and this cannot be fixed over night.” Fragment stated it is their opinion that fire engines be replaced at the 15-year mark, as recommended under National Fire Prevention Association standards. As soon as all vehicles fulfill that mark, the earliest automobiles ought to be retired or ended up being a reserve car as new vehicles are purchased, he said. The NFPA advises t.
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Join the NASDAQ Community today and get complimentary, immediate access to portfolios, stock scores, real-time informs, and more! Ford Motor Co. reaped the benefits of its pricey F-150 truck revamp, doubling net income in its very first quarter and publishing a North American operating margin equaling those returned by high-end luxury brands. The Dearborn, Mich., business is amongst car makers gaining from record U.S. light-vehicle need and low gasoline costs, a pattern fueling sales of the most rewarding models on dealer lots. As sales of trucks and sport-utility automobiles skyrocket, Ford is receiving a strong earnings and sales boost from product redesigns rolled out considering that President Mark Fields took over in mid-2014. Ford reported net income of $2.5 billion, or 61 cents a share, up from $1.2 billion, or 29 cents a share, in the very first quarter of 2015. That year previously quarter was hurt by brief products of the current F-150 truck as production of the aluminum-bodied vehicle was still preparing. Last quarter, the company was able to flood the U.S. market with that high-margin truck. In North America, Ford posted a record 12.9 % operating margin for the three months ended March 31, far exceeding GM’s 8.7 % and the 7.2 % reported by Fiat Chrysler Cars NV, both for the very same quarter. The strong profit follows a quarter when Ford relied greatly on fleet sales to support market-share development in the U.S. Generally thought about to be less profitable than retail sales, Ford’s dependence on fleet business had given concern for experts. On a running basis, the company earned $3.8 billion or 68 cents a share, and the margin in its international vehicle business almost hit 10 %. While far less than the international margin for some Japanese car makers who typically benefited from currency translation, Ford’s result is thought about strong by Detroit’s standards. Its outcomes handily beat analyst expectations of 48 cents a share and might cheer investors who have actually been concerned that Ford’s pro …
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