Thread: Maintenance Schedules
11-07-2002, 04:17 PM #1
I am tying to find department maintenance schedules, or idea's on how to put one together, as we are trying to impliment proceedures for proper caring of our tools. In particular, what and when to do. Any help will be appreciated.A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
11-10-2002, 02:38 AM #2
What does the manufacturer recomend??
This is a good question with several things that need to be answered. A good place to start is find out what the manufactorer recomends in regards to service intervals. This could actually be confusing seeing how they usually have different intervals for different components of each rescue tool system.
As for my department/company, each year Hurst is contracted to come and do a yearly service of our tools and system. Our hurst system is old, very old!! Even with the age of our sytem the regular service has been completed for several years with very few instances of problems. We use our tools about 12-15 times a year on incidents and about the same amount of times for training.
However we do take great care to keep the tools wiped clean, oiled and well maintained between service visits. Sometimes I actually think we take it to extreme's but it seems to work well.
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11-13-2002, 11:09 PM #3
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The maint schedule that we try to follow is that all vehicles and small engines get serviced every 3 months. That includes tune ups and oil changes. I have a log book that I record all the servicing notes, which shop did the work and when it was performed. We average about 45 - 60 calls per year, and not all of them involve use of power tools, but we do practice with the tools and vehicles almost every week and on some weekends too.
The vehicles for example don't put a lot of miles on, but they will have a large number of "idling" hours, which is even worse. Fortunately our district is mostly one big hill and the station is at the top of it, so all the trucks get a good run in at least one direction.... UP to get home again.If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)
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11-17-2002, 08:27 AM #4
If you are talking about hydraulic systems alone. We do the following.
Power pack is tested every week. Which means it is started up, run for about 10/15 mins, while the system is checked. Hoses are checked for leaks, tools checked for signs of wear, dirt and abrasions. Fuel and fluid levels are checked whilst the gear is running. We have a log book for useage, which helps the workshop people see how much the gear is being used and move it to quieter stations if it is getting hammered.
We carry Amkus gear, which is serviced on site by our own people once per year. It is also saftey checked every 3 months by the workshop guys. Any major faults/breakdowns are reported to the manufacturer.
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11-17-2002, 08:15 PM #5
For vehicles and tools this is what my dept went to..
1) appoint an officer to vehicle maintance and one to equipment maintance.
2) look at what manufacturer recommends
3) let the officer set the maintance program
4) stay out of their way and give them manpower when needed to proform their tasks when they ask.Member IACOJ & IACOJ EMS Bureau
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