If you are the fire chief of your local precinct's fire department, you have a lot of responsibility when it comes to delegating tasks to your fire crew and ensuring that everyone is wary of safety measures necessary to execute a list of directives associated with putting out a fire. One of the areas that may be overlooked occasionally is the upkeep of your fire trucks.
Assign Tasks That Need To Be Completed Regularly
The emergency lighting equipment that is used to signal the public when a fire truck is en route to a fire should be inspected weekly to ensure that none of the bulbs need to be replaced. Light bars, dash lights, sirens, beacons, and speakers are additional items that your crew rely heavily on and should also be put to the forefront during routine inspections.
Instruct your workers to refrain from bringing food or drinks into the trucks, which could spill onto equipment and damage it. Assign the driver and passengers of each truck to remove equipment and clean the interior cabins after returning from a fire call.
If you have a rotating crew or a large fleet of vehicles that are not always needed for each fire, provide the firemen who are at the precinct with a list of visual tasks that need to be completed.
The list can basically be to inform you if any of the lights or sirens aren't working properly and can contain a checkbox next to each item that is being inspected. After completing this task, instruct the crew members to turn in the lists so that you can address any issues that have been brought to your attention.
Order Backup Equipment
Large problems with a vehicle should be handled by a mechanic, but if you have run into a lot of situations in which a bulb replacement was the only thing needed to keep a fire truck maintained, then you may want to order some extra bulbs for the emergency lighting so that blown out bulbs can be replaced with new ones without needing to move one of the trucks.
Train some of your staff to perform simple repairs like this so that each of the trucks is ready for use during an emergency situation. Purchase additional equipment that can be used as backups, including fire hats, safety gear, handheld flashlights, and walkie-talkies. Place all of the extra items in a lockbox and instruct your employees to inform you whenever they are in need of one of the items.