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How to Manage Firetruck Maintenance Checklist?

Unfortunately, many fire departments in the country don’t operate their in-house firetruck maintenance shop, and most of the repairs are made by sending the vehicle to an outside repair facility with a qualified EVT technician. Now, while there may be financial constraints, it is still important to perform a fire truck maintenance checklist periodically to ensure effective operational readiness of the vehicle for any emergency.

Also, when we are talking about fire truck maintenance checklist, the inspection and maintenance of the fire apparatus is a crucial part of the checklist in here, which should be checked on a daily basis to figure out even the minor problems which may influence the effectiveness of the truck in an emergency situation. Any issues noted in the fire apparatus should be immediately informed for the concerned person for immediate repair or replacement. For instance, any suction or discharge valve which is noted to be hard to open during the inspection would have to be checked by the mechanic or technician; or maybe simply put some lubricant around the valve to see if that makes it smoother to open.

Ideally, the fire departments should have their detailed fire truck maintenance checklist for drivers or firefighters which should be checked after each shift. In case when the repair and maintenance work is outsourced to a third-party firm, the maintenance checklist inspection should be done at least on a bi-weekly basis. The maintenance checklist should include all the important items and components that are essential to inspected and maintained.

Also, the fire truck maintenance checklist should have an area reserved for the comments from mechanic or technicians. This comment section should be used to note down all the observations made by the technicians including writing down any repair or maintenance work required in any component of the truck. Daily inspection for the fire truck maintenance checklist will ensure that all potential problems are identified at early stages and repaired/fixed beforehand. This is even more important for fire trucks because these aren’t just ordinary commercial vehicles, rather they are trusted to do community services and thereby, should be maintained at their optimum performance level at all times to minimize chances of potential injuries or expensive repairs.

The fire pump of the fire trucks needs to be checked and maintained on a regular basis. It should be a practice to flush out the pump to remove sand or debris from accumulating inside the pump, which may hinder the operation of the pump during operations. The frequency of backflush should be maintained at least bi-monthly or after every operation to maximize the performance of the pump.

Other components to inspect for maintenance include door latches, hinges, storage drawers, tool shelves, and others. Make sure that all the hinges and doors are properly lubricated as indicated in the 
fire truck maintenance checklist.

Tow truck maintenance checklist

Here’s what should be included for effective fleet truck maintenance checklist:

Have a starting point for each truck- 

Since you are looking to maintain a fleet of tow trucks, you need to have a definite starting point. More often, the inspection for maintenance services will be performed by professional technicians and mechanics who will start by noting down the mileage of the truck and checking the fluid levels. Remember, you should keep the detailed records of the inspection results with proper paperwork and documentation.

This article is written on the behalf of EcoDocs CMMS Software Company which is serving the best solution of cloud-based CMMS software that organizes, tracks, and schedules your maintenance tasks since ten years.


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