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  • #16
    Originally posted by nmfire View Post
    The station is climate controlled. Trucks are plugged into shoreline power and air all year.

    When the OAT is well below freezing, we take the usual precautions... circulate the pumps, etc.
    I would use caution when supplying the air system of a truck off of a building compressor, especially in winter. In my old department, we had our aerial that rarely moved (saw sunlight maybe 3 or 4 times in a good month) plumbed into the building's compressed air system.

    When we took it out in the winter, the airbrakes invariably froze up. The compressed air that was supplied through the truck's own system was run through a drier. The compressed air that came out of the building's system...wasn't.

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    • #17
      We do what everybody else said. It's especially important that we remember to re-circulate the pumps at MVAs or on other calls that don't require a hose line. We also put a little more time into washing vehicles to make sure and get all of the salt off.

      Since we provide both fire and ambulance service, we run an engine company, usually a brush truck, on every ambulance call when the county declares a snow emergency. This is a county standard. The winch on the brush truck can be used if the ambulance goes off of the road, and the extra manpower is great for those un-shoveled walkways and driveways.

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