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 ( and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts ( 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.

Subject: Firefighter training drills, vehicle operation training

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