Conducting A Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

TOPIC: CONDUCTING A PRE-TRIP VEHICLE INSPECTION TIME REQUIRED: THREE HOURS MATERIALS: Appropriate Audio Visual Support Emergency Vehicle(s) REFERENCES: Emergency Vehicle Operator Student Manual, University of Maryland Emergency Vehicle...

  3. Both tail lights missing or inoperative

  4. Any turn signal missing or inoperative

  5. Inoperative siren

  6. Emergency lighting not visible from all sides

J. Drive Train

  1. Engine overheating

  2. Motor oil in engine (radiator) coolant

  3. Engine coolant in motor oil

  4. Broken or missing fan belts

  5. Coolant leak at water pump

  6. Any major coolant leak

  7. Automatic transmission overheating

  8. Transmission “Do Not Shift” indicator on

  9. Defective clutch components

  10. Defective foot throttle

  11. Defective charging system

K. Pump/Aerial Components

  1. Pump will not engage

  2. Pump panel throttle defective

  3. Leak in water tank

  4. Contaminated pump transfer case lubricant

  5. PTO will not engage

  6. Defective stabilizer system

  7. Cable sheaves worn excessively or defective

  8. Missing or damages rungs

  9. Major hydraulic system fluid leak

L. Cab/Body Components

  1. Missing or broken mirrors that obstruct or limit the driver’s view

  2. Defective door latches

  3. Defective defrosters

IV. Documentation

A. All findings must be documented on the AHJ’s vehicle preventive maintenance record form

  1. Discrepancies needing repair

  2. Discrepancies found and repaired by inspector

  3. Findings from annual DOT inspections, ladder testing, etc.

  4. Complete and file for permanent record



   *Laws, Regulations, Standards Governing Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspections

   *Conducting the Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

   *Placing an Emergency Vehicle Out of Service