Leadership

THE ROUND TABLE

Issue 2 and Volume 86.

THE ROUND TABLE For Practical Discussion of Current Fire Department and Fire Management Problems MAINTAINING BATTERIES ON FIRE APPARATUS TUCKED away on the fire apparatus, in a place where it is not readily observed, is the nerve center of the massive mechanism provided to extinguish fires. Without it the engine fails to start and the pride of the company becomes nothing but a hulk of metal. The battery, although it is a small part of the entire assembly is a very important factor. It is the basis of the ignition system, the starting mechanism and the lighting system of the apparatus. Heavy demands are made on the battery. The continual starting of the apparatus as part of the daily motor turn-over inspection to see if the mechanism is in good condition, drains the battery of its stored power. When a battery becomes “run down” it must be charged and brought…

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