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Preventative maintenance keeps your fire apparatus up-to-date and ready to respond at all times. Our EVT Certified fire truck mechanics will inspect your vehicle and make any needed repairs to your chassis, fire pump, body or aerial device.
Our service department can service your fire truck in our own shop or we can be there on-site where your fire apparatus is located. We service all makes and models of emergency vehicles, including our own E-ONE product line. In addition to on-site and in-shop fire apparatus repairs and emergency vehicle service, we offer preventative maintenance, full-service plans, testing and warranty work. All repair, maintenance and testing are performed by EVT Certified Mechanics.
Customer Service and satisfaction is of the utmost importance to Fire Line Equipment and we are committed to quality through workmanship and knowledge in the endeavor to build lifelong relationships with our customers. A fire department’s needs are as unique as the communities they serve and the vehicles that make up their fleet. We offer a broad range of services from technical support, warranty and after-the-sale services, to maintenance and on-site services to keep your operations running smoothly. These services help our customers improve fleet utilization, reduce costs, manage information, upgrade or reconfigure their fire apparatus, and protect our customer’s investment.
Why is maintenance necessary?
Detecting various problems due to service condition and/or aged deterioration will help maintain the equipment in best condition for use. Also the result of inspection can be used to develop a scheduled maintenance program for your fire truck or emergency vehicle.
Fire apparatus are required to deliver advanced performance in achieving quick firefighting and rescue. These fire trucks have complicated wiring and piping for hydraulic, electrical and foam liquid systems. To maintain the performance of these systems, the fire trucks must be subjected to annual maintenance by a qualified service center in addition to daily and monthly inspections by customer.
Most fire departments do not have a full-time fire truck maintenance shop and most fire apparatus repairs are sent to a qualified fire apparatus repair facility with EVT Technicians on staff. You may be facing financial challenges in your budget, but there are several things that firefighters (career and volunteer) can do on a regular basis in the fire station to head off issues early on and that will help to prevent the need for costly repairs down the road. So, the answer is YES! Fire truck maintenance is very important!
Fire apparatus checks should be considered a form of maintenance, by inspecting your fire trucks on a daily or at the very least a scheduled basis the person making the inspection will be able to find minor problems that can be either be repaired, reported or noted as needing repair. An example would be finding a discharge or suction valve that is hard to open; with a little lubricant, the valve will most likely work smoother thus the inspection became a maintenance item.
Fire departments should have an Apparatus Inspection Form that drivers, engineers or firefighters can fill out each shift, or in the case of a volunteer department a regular weekly or bi-weekly schedule. The inspection checklist should list all the items that should be checked and should include a spot on each item to be checked off when inspection is completed.
There should be an area on the fire truck maintenance checklist for comments in the event that there is a need for the repair to be taken care of by a certified emergency vehicle technician. The inspection on a daily or a scheduled basis will insure that potential problems are found which can prevent a malfunction or possible injury to a firefighter. Let’s face it, an out of service fire truck doesn’t do the community it serves any good. Fire truck maintenance needs to become a top priority to avoid potentially deadly injuries and very costly repairs. Identifying problems right away will also prevent additional problems that may be related to the item found during the routine inspection, thereby saving the fire department money and limiting the downtime associated with a needed repair.
Your trucks fire pump should be maintained on a regular basis. The pump should be back flushed to clear out sand and debris that possibly entered the pump during operation at a hydrant or at draft. The back flush should be performed at least once a month and or after any operation at a fire where water is drafted, supplied by another pumper or hooked to a hydrant.
The water tank on a pumper, aerial device or a wet rescue should be flushed at least twice a year to make sure any dirt, sand or other nasty matter is flushed from the tank so it will not damage the fire pump impellers, discharge and intake ball valves, relieve valves or governors.
Compartment door latches, hinges, and spring type door hold open check devices should be cleaned and lubricated when they are found to be hard to operate or feel like they have dirt on them when trying to open. Pull out the storage drawers, tool shelves, and tool boards should also be cleaned and lubricated to keep them moving freely. Roll up doors should be checked for proper operation and tracks lubricated as required following the manufacturers guide lines.
The items discussed regarding fire truck maintenance are just a small fraction what should be done to insure your apparatus is ready to respond to a call and to ensure that firefighters are operating a safe fire truck. Fire departments should have a fire truck maintenance form which explains what should be done during the checking of the fire apparatus and when it should be completed. There should be a fire truck maintenance checklist as well outlining “how” this should be completed and what can be completed by fire department personnel or what fire truck maintenance needs to be completed by a Certified Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT)