Maintenance Roundtable

When it comes to fire apparatus maintenance, you would be correct to think that equipment required to meet emissions standards was challenging. You would also be correct to think that aging apparatus are causing headaches, but one of the biggest issues...


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Then, the apparatus has to sit outside, for up to an hour to cool down before being housed and hooked back up to the station exhaust systems. Hooking up a station exhaust ventilation system to a hot truck can cause thousands of dollars in damage, Miller said. But, it is important to be done to the manufacturers’ specifications to keep apparatus running properly and well maintained.

For Miller, maintenance begins when the apparatus is specified. He recommends departments select manufacturers based on their service systems and their local inventory of parts and their availability.

Apparatus maintenance for Miller comes down to “do the right thing.” For instance, don’t do a one-wheel brake job on an apparatus to save money,” he said. Keep good equipment in good repair and it will perform as it should for decades, he said.

“Don’t gamble with apparatus maintenance,” Miller said. “Because when you gamble, and lose, it really hurts.”

 

This is an excerpted version of the roundtable; the complete discussion may be found at firehouse.com/0113-apparatus.