Apparatus Rebuilds by Tom W. Shand

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Rebuilding of fire apparatus became common during the 1970s when apparatus bodies were failing due to premature rust. Many units were rebuilt with new bodywork as gasoline engines gave way to re-powered rigs with diesel engines with automatic transmissions. Today’s rebuilt apparatus covers the spectrum from minor warning light upgrades to complete new bodies with four-door cab enclosures. The Apparatus Rebuilds column covers all make and models of rebuild apparatus from all areas of the United States and Canada. This column is authored by Tom W. Shand.

Tom Shand

F.A.J. Contributing Editor

Tom Shand is a 37 year veteran of the fire service having served with departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. He has spent the past 28 years working in the fire apparatus industry in sales and engineering. Tom currently works for Seagrave Fire Apparatus as a Regional Sales Manager and resides with his wife in Hamburg, New York. Tom also works with New York City Fire Lieutenant Mike Wilbur instructing on various aspects of apparatus design and engine company operations.

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