Leadership

THE ROUND TABLE

Issue 4 and Volume 117.

THE ROUND TABLE DEPARTMENTS Fire Apparatus Maintenance—Part 1 MAINTENANCE of apparatus has been a hallmark of pride for numerous fire departments practically since the introduction of hand pumpers. However, with the increasing complexity of modern apparatus, major repairs pose serious problems for many departments, particularly those who lack specially trained maintenance personnel and shop facilities. Included in the latter are many small paid departments and by far the majority of volunteer departments. Human ingenuity has always been an important factor in fire fighting and to no little extent in fire apparatus maintenance. As a result many fire departments lacking in large-scale facilities have successfully solved many maintenance problems and kept their apparatus in excellent operating condition despite all obstacles. To find out what current trends influence fire apparatus maintenance, FIRE ENGINEERING posed the questions in the box on this page to representative fire chiefs. The discussion will continue in the…

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