A large portion of firefighting team’s time and energy is spent on making sure that all of their equipment is ready and waiting for the next fire fighting emergency. This is a critical part of the job that can help to save dozens of lives at one call.
Most stations are going to have a daily, weekly and monthly maintenance check lists for all of their equipment and trucks. Keeping up with these lists are part of the daily duties of the fire fighters. Fire fighters will typically work on the same equipment consistently in order to build and then take advantage of individual expertise. They will be responsible to ensure that the equipment is working properly and that each truck is stocked with the proper amount of supplies it will need to be prepared for any scenario when out on a call.
Simple maintenance such as fluid and tire checks can be done by the fire fighters, but many houses also depend on an outside repair shop to perform the more complex system checks. Automotive components such as the brakes, filters, engine and exhaust system will all be checked regularly and problems attended to immediately.
Smaller trucks and cars that are a part of the fire house fleet may be taken to an auto repair shop close by when it is time to have preventive maintenance work done or for repair work. The smaller trucks and cars are equally as important as the big fire trucks as they are often used to transport important personnel and supplies to the scene of an emergency. Including these vehicles in the routine maintenance of the fire house fleet should not be overlooked. Many vehicles come from used car dealers and are already inspected to ensure quality – places such as Konig Motors can offer deals of this kind to fleets.
Fire trucks are full of vital life saving equipment like hoses and extinguishers. It is up to the firefighters to make sure that each truck has the equipment it needs and that it is in good working condition. The trucks used by paramedics also need to be checked to make sure that all of the life saving medical equipment needed is on board and ready to use in case of an emergency.
There should be logs for each of the trucks in the fleet that list all of the equipment required. It is up to the fire fighter to maintain these logs and check that all the items are where they belong and working right. This may seem like a lot of work, but it is a necessary part of the job and critical towards ensuring that the fire fighters have all of the tools they need when out on a call.
There is also large equipment to consider, particularly the ladders that are mounted on the larger fire trucks. Part of the maintenance program should include taking these outside of the fire house and testing that the ladders are raising up and coming down the way there are designed to. The large equipment checks are usually left to those fire fighters who have more experience and are accustomed to the way in which they work.
The last thing that a fire fighter wants is for a vital piece of equipment to fail when they need it most. Having these comprehensive systems in place ensures that this will not be an issue when there are lives at stake.