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  • Does your department have an apparatus checklist?

    We now have two trucks for response in our small and humble city. Since we only meet every other week for training, I am going to try to implement a checklist for the apparati (?) in order to ensure the trucks are in good working order. So far, we've found out about issues when we try to use something and it doesn't work.

    Does anyone have one they would be willing to share?

    (I really dislike re-inventing the wheel).

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    Originally posted by insectguy View Post
    We now have two trucks for response in our small and humble city. Since we only meet every other week for training, I am going to try to implement a checklist for the apparati (?) in order to ensure the trucks are in good working order. So far, we've found out about issues when we try to use something and it doesn't work.

    Does anyone have one they would be willing to share?

    (I really dislike re-inventing the wheel).
    just go with a spreadsheet and make it a check off sheet, and just put the main things in the engine comp. like check oil, radiator fluid, stuff like that, then checking the lights, sirens, and all the necessary DOT stuff, like brakes, tires, stuff like that, and then the pump, make sure it's working up to par, and then put the adapters, fittings, tools and everything else is on the truck, to make sure it get's check everytime and ran and fuel levels, stuff like that should help you out on trying to make something up, if you need something to show you, I can email you some stuff

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    • #3
      I will try to grab a copy of ours the next time I'm at the station. I am also in the process of creating an apparatus inventory, to make sure that all equipment is present and in the correct spot.
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      • #4
        Why dont you try having duty weekend and check the trucks out then? That way no valuable time is taken away from your training nights. If you can pm me and I'll send you a copy of our sheets.Good luck.

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        • #5
          We have a checklist the goes over the basic, along with checking and running the saws, jaws, flashlights, airpacks etc.. So it doesn't put it all on one persons shoulders we rotate monthly 2 to 3 personel are responsible to keep up with it.

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          • #6
            Same here what we did was started in the cab and listed everything that was in their and listed it with a place to check off if you found it or not. Then we went to each compartment starting at the drivers side until you worked your way around to the last compartment at the passengers side. It works for us and someone can't find something its noted and they go get it unless its locked up and an officer will double check the list and get anything that may have been locked up.

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            • #7
              Once a week,my old department holds detail where we clean the station,the trucks and inventory every compartment,check SCBAs and spare cylinders,pull branches out of the ladders from the last run,etc.
              The senior guys stand back while the junior folks do the mule work and go through the compartments.This lets them learn the truck and help is right there if you cannot differentiate a hallegan from a 2 1/2" wye.
              We look at starting the jaws pump,chain saws and fans as additional training opportunities.If you can start it while the Captain is standing over your shoulder saying"Nope,that's not it."you can start it on a fireground.
              Usually,the same people keep showing up but then we're the same folks that roll out at Odarkthirty to answer a call that runs past the starting whistle at the plant.
              Last edited by doughesson; 02-17-2007, 01:00 PM.

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              • #8
                Our department has 2 check list per truck. We have an inventory and maintenance. We perform maintenance on our vehicles every other week. And we perform a quarterly maintenances 4 times a year. I have been with departments that do a lot less but this way we are meeting as a group and out trucks are always stocked and ready for a call.
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                • #9
                  I'm reformatting ours. If you want a quick one that does the job, check at the NVFC website. I'd also recommend you getting the checklists from your apparatus' owners manual. Your pump has a number of checks/maintenance that need performed weekly, monthly, and annually.

                  Speaking from experience, it makes for a long and embarassing day when you don't utilize a check and find out when you're responding to a structure that something's screwed up on the truck, or it won't start, etc. that would/should have been caught during a truck check.

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                  • #10
                    That is phenominal information, and the website is packed full of other potentially valuable information. I'll have to spend a few hours looking through it this weekend.

                    Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      we have a check list for every vehicle. It covers all mechanical> Fluids, tires Lights, Brakes, Pumps. Hardware> start all power tools, generators pumps etc.
                      Inspect all pre connects brass cabinet contents, Check Med Bags, SCBA's [PSI and Pass Devices]

                      For the Rescue Units we add: inspect ropes and over the side hardware, Check Amkus, rotate AED batteries [Zoll], check Pressure of rescue litter wheel, Ped Med Bag, Burn Kits,

                      We do weekly inspections in addition to after each run

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                      • #12
                        Oh yeah, we have a very detailed apparatus checklist that is custom to each truck that is done every week. Basically every tool, every piece of equipment, every fluid level, etc. is check, cleaned if not already, and maintained appropriately. Previous to this plans employment to now, the number of equipment failure or malfunction or poor condition is down so many fold I cant throw a number into it.
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                        • #13
                          Logs and Checklists galore here. A good start anyway.

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