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The Apparatus Architects: Vehicle Maintenance & The Boston Report

March 20th, 2009


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This month's edition of The Apparatus Architects focuses on emergency vehicle maintenance operations in light of the recent report on the Boston Fire Department's fatal ladder truck crash.

Hosts Tom Shand and Michael Wilbur discuss the report, written by Mercury Associates, that picks apart Boston's maintenance and driver's training programs. Listen as they discuss the need for preventive maintenance, qualified mechanics and a structured maintenance program for all fire department fleets.

The Apparatus Architects also look at the quality of vehicle maintenance during the tough economic times that the nation is facing.

They also answer listener questions about plumbing for engine company apparatus and who insures the vehicles while it's in the building and delivery process.

Please send any comments, suggestions or questions for the Apparatus Architects to: podcast@firehouse.com.

Related Links
-- Critical Boston Apparatus Maintenance Report Can Serve as Learning Tool to Fire Departments
-- Mercury Associates Report on the Boston Fire Department (PDF)
-- Boston Lagging in Apparatus Driver Training
-- Report: Boston Gets 'F' for Fire Truck Maintenance
-- Emergency Vehicle Response

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