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FIRE ENGINE AND EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE


   Regular inspection, operation and testing of all fire trucks and firefighting equipment is paramount to the operational readiness of this fire department. The fire trucks are checked every morning, with a much more detailed inspection of both the trucks and equipment taking place every Monday morning. The daily apparatus readiness inspection begins with checking the oil and starting the trucks. The fire trucks are then allowed to run for several minutes while other inspections and check-offs are conducted. We check all lights on the fire trucks, both normal operating lights and all emergency lights. A radio check of each station, fire truck and portable radio is then conducted to insure proper communication between all fire personnel. We also check every morning to ensure that the onboard water tank is completely full as well.
   The Monday morning fire truck and equipment inspection is much more in-depth and time consuming than the daily inspection, but is crucial to the operational readiness of this department. The fire truck inspection consists of checking all engine fluids, tire pressures, and lights as well as water tank and fuel levels. A fire truck inventory list is used to insure that all equipment is present on the truck and stored in it's proper location. All power equipment, such as generators, exhaust fans, saws and portable flood lights are both inspected and operated at this time. Any missing or non-operable equipment is reported and is either repaired or replaced as soon as possible.