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Make Your Fire Equipment Last: Here's How

Posted by on 1/26/2016 to Fire Equipment
Properly maintaining your equipment as a firefighter is absolutely necessary. More than any other career, your equipment needs to be trustworthy and durable enough to do the job that it is designed for. If your equipment fails you when you need it the most, you will not only lose money but you could also lose lives. You can give your equipment a longer life by properly maintaining it, and testing it on a regular basis.

Check Your Equipment

Checking your equipment is a bigger job than it sounds like. As a firefighter, you have a lot of equipment that you are responsible for. From engines, to fluids, to lights, sirens, tires, power tools, PPE; the list is endless. With all of the equipment and tools in your field of work, there is a lot that can go wrong. So how can you keep track of it all?

The best way to make sure that all of your equipment is functioning properly and ready to go is to have a detailed schedule to go by. Be sure that you are knowledgeable about what kind of maintenance each piece of equipment needs, and how often it should be done. From there, you can create a schedule that allows you to stay on top of all the cleaning, maintenance, and testing that needs to be done. 

Prevent Equipment Failure

Make sure that you are regularly running tools and equipment, especially if you do not use it a lot on the job. It is important to be familiar with all of the equipment that you have, and to know that it is functioning properly. If there is any doubt about the performance of a certain tool, be sure to place it out of service. Test it to a point, but be able to recognize when it is certainly malfunctioning. Get an expert to repair it as soon as you can. One way to prevent your tools from failing is to be educated on their operating capacities and their limitations as well. Do not go beyond the recommendations of the manufacturer when operating a tool or piece of equipment. 

Giving your fire equipment the proper attention and maintenance that it needs will increase its life, save you money, and protect the lives that you are serving. 

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