Fire Service Vehicle Operator: Maintenance Procedures

By Forest Reeder

The next installment of our series on fire service vehicle operator duties involves a review and demonstration of the regular daily and ongoing inspection procedures for your apparatus.

Recent incidents have illustrated the need for documentation and classifying apparatus as out-of-service for maintenance-related issues. Daily and other regularly scheduled inspections of apparatus and equipment is much more than turning on lights and engaging the pump. It requires a thorough knowledge of all of the mechanical components and an understanding of their proper working condition. Review your department and manufacturers’ recommendations for in-service inspection practices.

Download this week’s firefighter training drill as a PDF HERE.

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District (www.plvw.org) and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts (www.sufd.org). In these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. Forest holds numerous Illinois fire service certifications and holds a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.
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Subject: Firefighter training drills, vehicle operation training

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