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    Lightbulb Monthly/ Weekly truck checks.....

    I was just curious as what other departments do for weekly as well as monthly maintinece on your trucks. What service do you perform in house and what do you send to a garage for work?

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    Our vehicles are checked weekly by the FFs/Officers for proper, functioning equipment.

    Mechanical checks are completed by an FF/Mechanic. We only do simple items in house and all repairs are sent out to a professional.

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    On our vol dept. units are check every pracitce / training night (every 2 weeks) and all units are checked after each call. Avg 70 times per year.

    Small items are repaired in house. We are fortunate to have 4 mechanics and an EVT on the department. Heavy stuff, driveline, engine etc. sent out. All units are sent out annually for full bumper to bumper inspection, service and performance testing by the local Fire Truck dealer. All repairs and vehicle checks are maintained in a log for each unit.

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    Every morning the chauffeur does a walk-a-round inspection, looking for physical damage, leaks, missing equipment. He then checks the oil, coolant, power steering, ATF, belts, and break fluid(if applicable). Then with the vehicle running he checks all of the lights,(warning, regular DOT, and compartment/cab lights)

    He will then engage the pump or ladder PTO check the basics there.

    Once a week in addition to the above we check battery condition, other fluid levels, bleed air tanks, inspect the ladder for cracks or damage, inspect and run any onboard genorators...

    Any maintenance or repairs are done by the mechanic, ASE certified and the fire service one, whatever it's called.

    Our mechanic preformes almost all work on the vehicle. He'll send something out for springs but that's about it, we're equiped to replace radiators, do engine work, breaks, pump repair etc.

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    In my department, every line officer is responsible for doing a monthly truck check-out on a particular piece of apparatus. The basics such as fluids, lights, and a road-test are done. Every piece of equipment in each compartment is also checked. This includes SCBAs which are also checked after each use.

    The trucks go to a garage for yearly preventative maintenance. The pumps are also serviced and tested yearly. The preventative maintenance works extremely well. We very rarely ever have problems with the trucks.

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    Eng 48
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    Thumbs up

    The Engineer and Asst. Engineer do a weekly check. We run pumps, check lights, operate ladders, check fluids, tire pressures, run all portable equipment, and do a road check. We repair minor problems s/a lights out and fluid upkeeps. Our trucks go out for annual service and major repairs. We also have a place in the firehouse for people to report problems to us. That way we don't have to wait for the weekly check to find it.

    Be safe everyone!

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    Despite only a dozen calls in an average year, our firefighters perform weekly maintenance. A schedule is made out at the beginning of the year as to who is responsible each month. A "maintenance check-off sheet" is maintained for them to check off what they have done. Any problems are reported to the chief - he and one of our volunteers are super mechanics. (And on the rare occasion when a volunteer hasn't done his maintenance, the chief knows it pretty quick from checking the maintenance sheets.) There's also a monthly maintenance sheet for jobs that don't need to be done as often.

    [This message has been edited by SRVFD2 (edited October 19, 2000).]

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    Fire Line
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    We have 3 duty crews that rotate on a monthly basis. They are responsible to make sure the equipment is working and in its proper place. If any equipment is missing or not working they have to rectify it. If they can't they bring it to the attention of the Deputy Chief. After every run the equipment is checked, if its the middle of the night that months duty crew is responsible to make sure it is checked the next day.

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    CHecks on all apparatus are performed every morning. All equipment is started and an overall inspection per DOT is performed by the on-comming Driver for the Day. We use a simple checklist that each driver must sign daily. Any equipment malfunctioning or missing must be documented at that point or the responsibilty becomes the drivers. The daily inspection can be accomplished in under 10 minutes.
    The crew working on Saturday for that week is responsible for checking tire pressures, and all fluids. Additionally batteries are cleaned and detail job is performed on Saturdays.
    The city shop is in charge of a quarterly fluid change and inspection.

    See ya

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    Ward Watson
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    For the past seven years the paid department I'm on checked the oil and coolant everyday, and the other fluids on Saturdays. Each compartment was inspected and any equipment such as SCBA'S were inspected and the PASS devices functionally tested.

    On the two primary Engines the pump was engaged and the relief valve and primer were excersized.

    Weekly checks consisted of an Inventory, and operational testing of other equipment carried on each apparatus. This also included a "Road Test" every Saturday.

    In addition a test of the brake system was done.

    However, today I was advised that we are "excersizing our equipment to failure" too much. So now we have gone backwards and are only checking fluids, and operating the pump, and checking brakes once a week.

    Now, this might not seem to bad in some peoples eyes, but to me this is a case of ignorance winning out. We do not run calls everyday, sometimes we don't turn a wheel for several days. To me this is a prime example of laziness in my department.

    The Volunteer department I'm on has check sheets that anyone at anytime can use to check any one of our units. This has been very sucessful and usually gets done about once a week per apparatus.

    [This message has been edited by Ward Watson (edited October 20, 2000).]

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    On our department bi-weekly checks are performed on the appartatus and all epuipment.
    In addition after each run the truck must have a circle check (all lights, brakes, fluid levels, air system ...). This circle check must be documented as to comply with regulations for trucks in the province of Ontario. Since there is no time to do a circle check before departing on a run performing a circle check following each run is adequate.
    It may be a good idea to check with your local Department of Transportation to see if you have similar guidelines which should be followed.

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    Our Apparatus are checked once a week by the Engineers assigned to the individual apparatus. And after every run by the crew that manned the apparatus.

    The statements above are my own opinions

    FF Greg Grudzinski
    Oaklyn Fire Dept.
    Station 18-3

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    At my career dept. our trucks are checked off daily by the oncoming driver. This includes all fluid levels, lights, pump, and equipment within the compartments. SCBAs are checked by the person using them that day, but are thoroughly checked and logged weekly, as well as after each use for cracks, damage, low air, etc. Aerials and all power equipment are run weekly. All maintenance problems are turned in on trouble sheets to our town maintence department.

    At my volunteer department, the trucks are checked off (at least are supposed to be) twice weekly. Maintence that can be done in house is, and anything else is taken to a local garage.

    Take care and Stay low

    Engineer, MPFD

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    Daily checks usually include checking that all equipment is present and operable, fuel is 1/2 or more, scba's are full and functional, pass devices in working order, etc.
    Weekly checks include topping off all fluids, tires inflated, all lights, sirens, and equipment operating properly, and through cleaning of apparatus, etc.
    Minor problems are taken care of by assigned Engineer to vehicle.
    Major repairs are preformed by in house civilian mechanic, assisted by numerous shift personnel. Stay Safe RescueDude

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    Just a humorous addition:

    I remember one drill night at a neighboring volunteer dept. when there was an unscheduled special hearing of the Police & Fire Commission in the multi-purpose room on the second floor of the fire station.

    When the Fire Chief pulled the Ladder (95' Tower Ladder) out on the apron and set it up, he had no idea the meeting was going on... He gets in the basket, elevates the platform, and slowly rises into the view of all of us in the meeting. (He still didn't see us, as he was looking in around the basket for clearance.)

    Of course, everyone in the meeting was watching HIM!

    When he finally looked in the windows, he saw about 50 people staring at him, and that gave him quite a start!!!!

    Even from across the meeting room, it seemed you could see his face turn red!!!

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    ENGINE 52
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    We do our inspections bi-monthly. Two firefighters and Lt.s are responsible for inspecting appparatus and equipment. The Capt. of the dept. is responsible for overall maintenance.We make minor repairs such as changing bulbs.All major repairs are done by Pierce.

    [This message has been edited by ENGINE 52 (edited 11-19-2000).]

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