Apparatus & Facility Maintenance Division
Apparatus Facility Maintenance Division
The apparatus and facility maintenance division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all fire and medical apparatus as well as all emergency response buildings and facilities. All emergency and non-emergency apparatus are placed on a maintenance schedule when they enter the fleet which is monitored with a fleet tracking software program. Every two hundred hours of operation for fire and EMS apparatus and every three thousand miles for staff vehicles, the equipment is serviced on-site at its location. Currently the Fire District has eight ambulances, six fire engines, two ladder trucks, one air unit, one brush truck, boats and motors along with various other staff vehicles. For apparatus needs, the fire department employs the services of Fire Apparatus Inc. to help manage maintenance and repair issues with the various kinds of apparatus we deploy. What is unique about the service provided by Fire Apparatus Inc. is they come to our location to service and repair the apparatus on-site and will respond 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This allows Fire District staff to shuffle vehicles around as needed thus never having a break in service by utilizing backup units while the primary unit is temporarily out of service. Every service or repair is used as an evaluation to help Fire Apparatus gauge the effectiveness of the operational components of each piece. This provides them with information when the apparatus returns for the next two hundred hour mark.
The fire division employs many different types and styles of equipment in order to complete its mission. Some of this equipment requires testing on an annual or bi-annual basis. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines many standards for equipment used by the fire district and its specific testing processes.
Listed below are examples of standards used in the testing process.
- For fire hose – NFPA 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, and Service Testing of Fire Hose Including Couplings and nozzles.
- For ladders – NFPA 1932, Standard for the Use, Maintenance, and Service Testing of Fire Department Ground Ladders.
- For fire pumps — NFPA 1911, Standard for Service Tests of Fire Pump Systems on Fire Apparatus.
The fire districts building and facilities are maintained by various local contractors. With the fire district currently operating five fire stations, they require the same amount of work and maintenance an individual residence would. With the help of local individual contractors we work to repair and maintain everything from bathroom sinks to roof replacements. The larger projects are researched and the right price is attained to provide the best service for the best price.