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    Hey guys,

    Just wondering how you run your apparatus checks.

    At my department, we do daily checks on all our trucks, which is basically a walk around, check all the compartments and packs, run the lights, siren and horns, and record the mileage and hours.

    Now the weekly check is more in depth, each day of the week we take one truck out for a 5-10 mile cruise, run the pump or aerial, run all the saws, generators, and other equipment.

    This sort of system kept us well ahead of maintenance issues in the past, but recently with fuel prices the way they are, we've been told not to do weekly checks anymore. In the past week, our second due engine has sprung 2 tank leaks, the aerial failed its annual test, and our primary piece lost its alternator. We are in the process of hastily getting quotes and repairs done, but this makes me wonder if this is due to the weekly checks no longer being completed.

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    Our daily checks are similar to yours: fuel, water tank level, hose lays, pump & primer, all fire-service and EMS equipment carried on board, switch out the four hand-held radio batteries, check headlights & warning lights, and we also run all gas-powered equipment during the daily checks.

    Our weekly checks are far more in depth: raise the cab and check all fluids, drain the air to the folding steps on the Quantums, grease ever grease fitting (on the rigs that aren't equipped with the Vogel auto lube system), check the trunion bushings on the rigs with dual rear axles, check the wear indicators on the brakes front and rear, inspect the aerial device, clean and lubricate the waterway.

    Daily checks take about 20-30 minutes, weekly checks take about an hour on the engine, two hours on the tower ladder.

    Each of the rigs in our station is running about 6-10 calls a day, so no need for a road test. We get plenty of those every day.

    While I agree the fuel prices are increasing, this is no excuse for not doing weekly checks. Your department could eliminate the driving portion, but you could still do the other stationary checks that you're not doing during the daily checks.

    Remember, weekly checks are taught as part of the Driver/Pump Operator curricluum, as outlined by NFPA 1002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    Our daily checks are similar to yours: fuel, water tank level, hose lays, pump & primer, all fire-service and EMS equipment carried on board, switch out the four hand-held radio batteries, check headlights & warning lights, and we also run all gas-powered equipment during the daily checks.

    Our weekly checks are far more in depth: raise the cab and check all fluids, drain the air to the folding steps on the Quantums, grease ever grease fitting (on the rigs that aren't equipped with the Vogel auto lube system), check the trunion bushings on the rigs with dual rear axles, check the wear indicators on the brakes front and rear, inspect the aerial device, clean and lubricate the waterway.

    Daily checks take about 20-30 minutes, weekly checks take about an hour on the engine, two hours on the tower ladder.

    Each of the rigs in our station is running about 6-10 calls a day, so no need for a road test. We get plenty of those every day.

    While I agree the fuel prices are increasing, this is no excuse for not doing weekly checks. Your department could eliminate the driving portion, but you could still do the other stationary checks that you're not doing during the daily checks.

    Remember, weekly checks are taught as part of the Driver/Pump Operator curricluum, as outlined by NFPA 1002.
    Thanks, lou. We usually are out and about with either a couple calls or errands, but its always been policy to do at least 5 miles on the weekly. We have a tanker that usually only goes out on its weekly.

    Anyway, our department is at a crossroads right now anyway, hopefully there will be lots of change which will move us in a more positive direction.
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    Every shift, the trucks get checked (or at least they are supposed to...); portable radios are tested, lights, etc., as well as making sure all medical and firefighting equipment is there and operational. We also do weekly checks on every truck where fluids are checked, pumps and portable equipment is run, aerial is tested, and so on. We manage to stay on top of maintenance pretty well, but we always run into the occasional "surprise."

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