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Washing Fire Apparatus and POV’s

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  • Washing Fire Apparatus and POV’s

    Wondering if any department’s out there have a written policy that covers washing apparatus after calls and fire department members washing their own vehicles at the station? Over the years we have transitioned from only washing fire trucks before fundraisers and parades to making it a point to wash them after every run especially in the winter. Naturally when we get back from an incident in the middle of the night the main focus is getting hose, scba’s and tools put back in order and the truck washing usually gets pushed off until the following weekend. Unfortunately the washing that gets pushed off usually gets done by the same handful of people.

    We have always allowed members of the department to wash their personal vehicles at the station as membership “perk” under the verbal understanding that if you come down to wash your own vehicle and a fire truck needs to be washed it gets done first. Just like most perks it was only a matter of time before it started getting abused. Now we have tension created by a group of members who invite their family, friends and neighbors to bring their vehicles for a half day vehicle washing party while fire trucks sit dirty in the station. I am hoping to continue to allow members the privilege of washing their own vehicles, but also make it clear fire trucks come first. After all the cost of washing supplies does add up. Obviously this is not critical issue but if anyone has dealt with it, has an opinion on it or has a policy that addresses it I would appreciate any input.

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    One for one.
    A log for apparatus cleaning. Clean them, you can clean your POV.
    Whether that is a direct "one for one" or a "if you washed the apparatus, then you're good to wash your POV that month."
    Something along that line.

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