Station and Vehicle Maintenance


6.01     General Maintenance

Station Cleaning- The station shall be kept clean and orderly at all times. The station shall be cleaned on a monthly basis or more frequently if required. It will be the responsibility of the station personnel to maintain cleanliness. Cleaning shall include floors, walls, ceilings, windows, and the immediate area surrounding each station.

Hose Storage- Hose shall be stored at the Station in sufficient amount to reload at least one engine company.
All hose shall be washed after use and placed on the drying rack. After drying, all hose is to be stored at the station on a rack using the donut roll or straight roll method.

Hose Testing- All hose shall be tested each year and records kept. Any and all hose that is found not suitable for use shall be removed from service until repaired and retested.

Air Compressor- Air used for SCBA cylinders shall be tested by an approved agency quarterly. A record shall be kept of this test. The air compressor shall be maintained as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Monthly Apparatus Checks- The fire department vehicles shall be inspected on a monthly basis by duty personnel. The Truck Captain is responsible for ensuring the inspections are performed. Inventories shall be thoroughly checked, all fluid levels inspected and all equipment operated. A checklist form shall be completed and placed in the station vehicle inspection form box. Any deficiencies shall be noted on the worksheet, a work order written and forwarded to the appropriate officer.

Ground Ladder Testing- Each year all ground ladders shall be tested and approved for service by the Lieutenant-Safety Officer.

Scope- To provide the Town of Greenville Fire Department with a systematic and orderly process in which to handle daily and emergency repairs that must be performed on apparatus and other equipment.

Nature of Work Performed- All personnel are expected to perform minor repairs within their scope of knowledge and to assist in maintaining department equipment and apparatus on a regular basis. The Chief shall make arrangements for major repairs and maintenance as well as periodic oil changes, chassis lubrication, etc.

Vehicle Maintenance and Emergency Repairs- Routine vehicle maintenance such as oil change, lubrication to chassis, etc., will be handled by the Town Shop. Other minor repairs may be performed by the general membership personnel on a as needed basis. Should emergency repairs be needed, the Chief will need to be contacted. The Chief will then either render the vehicle out of service, contact personnel from Department or have the vehicle repaired at the place of business such as L&S Truck.

Safety and Guidelines:

  1. All work shall be recorded in the apparatus logbook as per the logbook entry policy.
  2. Protective equipment shall be worn at all times if required to prevent injury.
  3. All work performed shall be performed with the proper tools and with sound repair principles and practices.
  4. When working in and around apparatus, the apparatus shall be secured from falling or other movement which may result in possible injury.
  5. All purchasing of equipment or parts shall follow the purchasing policies of the Town and shall be made by the Chief or his/her designated assistants.

Scope- This policy is to outline the minimum requirements to maintain vehicles in proper working order. This policy will not address each item concerning the vehicles, however, it will address the major provisions that effect the operations of all companies. This policy does not pertain to the routine maintenance that must be performed on a regular basis.
The Captain-Truck Operations shall be responsible to ensure that apparatus is maintained at all times.

General Maintenance- All engines shall be kept clean and in operating conditions at all times. Engines shall be washed or at least rinsed off and all equipment cleaned after each alarm.

Vehicle Checks- After each working fire, a complete apparatus inventory shall be made and any missing or damaged equipment shall be recorded and reported to the company officer.

Supply Lines- See inventory sheets foreach specific apparatus.
Supply lines in the hose bed shall be rotated once every six months to prevent damage to hose.
Attack Lines- A minimum of 200 feet of 1-3/4"or 1-1/2" hand line shall be stored in the hose bed for all preconnects and crosslays.
The apartment lines shall have a minimum of 300 feet of 2" hand line.
Trash/Garbage lines shall have a minimum of 100 feet of 1-3/4" hand line.
Each engine shall have at least 800 to 1,000 feet of 2-1/2" hose loaded with the male coupling out.
These minimum requirements exceed NFPA 1901 for Pumpers and Tenders.

Nozzle Settings- All 1-3/4" adjustable gallonage nozzles shall be set at 95 gpm.
Master Stream Devices- Master stream devices shall be preset for straight stream operation.

Repairs/Damage- Any repairs, damage, or missing equipment shall be reported immediately to the company officer and to the Deputy Chief for necessary corrective action.

Tests- Each year the pumps shall be recertified for service. All ground ladders shall be tested on a yearly basis by the Lieutenant-Safety Officer of the Department. All aerial devices shall be tested on an annual basis by a recognized authority.

Pump Operation – Engines- The following sequence is to place the pump in operation:

  1. Engine running
  2. Apply parking brake
  3. Transmission in neutral
  4. As a safety, keep foot on brake pedal
  5. Engage electric pump shift
  6. Place transmission in pumping gear
  7. Speedometer should now act as tachometer
  8. Apply hose clamp to supply line
  9. Open tank to pump discharge valve
  10. Open appropriate discharge valve
  11. Slowly increase RPM's until desired pump pressure is achieved
  12. Connect supply line to pump intake open intake valve
  13. Release hose clamp
  14. Close tank to pump discharge valve
  15. Open tank fill valve partially until booster tank is full, then close
  16. Re-adjust pump pressure if required
  17. If more than one discharge is used, pressure relief valve must be set, if so equipped
  18. Monitor oil pressure, pump pressures, water temperature for proper operating conditions at all times

Manual Pump Operations- Should the electrical pump shift fail, the following procedures shall be used:

  1. Return transmission to neutral
  2. Pull electric pump disengage
  3. Push pump lever into "pump position"
  4. With foot on brake as a safety, place transmission in pumping gear and lock speedometer should now act as tachometer.
  5. Proceed to steps H through R

Relief Valve Operations -for Vehicles so Equipped- The following procedure shall be used when placing the relief valve in service:

  1. Note pump pressure on compound gauge
  2. Turn pressure relief valve on:
  3. If pressure drops, increase pressure using relief valve until pressure is at proper pump pressure. Relief valve is set
  4. If pressure increases, reduce pressure using relief valve until pressure drops 5 psi below proper pump pressure. Return to proper pump pressure. Relief valve is set.
  5. If pressure stays the same, reduce pump pressure using relief valve by 5 psi, Return to proper pressure. Relief valve is now set.

Pump Operations - with Pressure Governors

  1. Stop vehicle and shift transmission to neutral.
  2. Set parking brake (mandatory).
  3. If "HIGH IDLE", control is desired, check that the red indicator light in the switch on the dashboard control panel is lit. If the light is not on:

1.    Verify that transmission is in neutral.
2.    Verify that parking brake is set.
3.    Verify that pump is not in gear.
4.    Verify that indicator is not burned out.
D.  To engage engine "HIGH IDLE", push upper half of switch in and release. Engine RPM will increase to factory adjusted setting. To disengage engine "HIGH IDLE", push lower half of switch in and release.
E.  If throttle control only is desired, push "MODE SELECTOR" TO "THROTTLE CONTROL" and release. Amber light will light. If light does not come on:

1. Verify that transmission is in neutral.
2. Verify that parking brake is set.
3.  Verify that bulb is not burned out.
F.  To increase engine RPM, push "THROTTLE" switch up and release when desired RPM is reached. To decrease engine RPM, push THROTTLE" switch down and release when desired RPM is reached. For rapid or emergency return to idle, push red "SYSTEM SHUT-DOWN" button. Amber light will go out when "SYSTEM SHUT-DOWN" is used and will require that "MODE SELECTOR" be reset.
G.  If control of the pump is desired, engage the pump shift switch and verify that the shift has been completed (mandatory). Place truck transmission in proper gear. The pump may be controlled in either the "THROTTLE CONTROL" or "PRESSURE CONTROL" mode. If "THROTTLE CONTROL" is desired, proceed as detailed above in numbers 5 & 6.
H.  If pressure control is desired, (preferred) push "MODE SELECTOR" to "PRESSURE CONTROL" and release. Amber light will light. If light does not come on

1. Verify that pump has completed its shift as indicated by the green light.
2.  Verify that parking brake is set.
3.  Verify that bulb is not burned out.
I.   Admit water to pump and establish prime. If the "THROTTLE" control switch is advanced prior to establishing prime, the engine speed will rapidly advance to no load RPM.
J.   To increase pump pressure, push "THROTTLE" switch up and release when desired pressure is reached. To decrease pressure, push "THROTTLE" switch down and release when desired pressure is reached. For rapid or emergency return to idle, push red “SYSTEM SHUT-DOWN” button. Amber light will go out when "SYSTEM SHUT-DOWN" is used and will require that "MODE SELECTOR" be reset.
K.  In the "PRESSURE CONTROL" mode only, the maximum discharge pressure of the pump is limited to 400 PSI. If higher pressures are necessary, the unit will have to be operated in the "THROTTLE CONTROL" mode. This should be a very rare occurrence and should be done onIy with great care.
L.  In the "PRESSURE CONTROL" mode only, the engine speed will return to idle if the pump discharge pressure decreases below 30 PSI once a 75 PSI or greater pressure has been achieved. The system will first attempt to increase the pressure by advancing the engine RPM up to maximum no load RPM. If after 5 seconds the desired pressure has still not been achieved, the engine will return to idle. This feature protects the pump from cavitation due to low or no water supply which can occur for numerous reasons but does not return the engine to idle if a momentary reduction in water supply occurs.

  M. The system should be shut down following its use simply by pushing the "SYSTEM SHUT-DOWN" button.

Emergencies- If pump problems develop, use emergency traffic to inform officer in command of problem. If pump failure is eminent, inform the I.C. and attempt to keep pump operating until fire fighters are removed from building.

General Maintenance- 5381 and 5382 shall be kept clean and in operating condition at all times. The Trailer 5383 shall be washed and all equipment cleaned after each use.
5382 shall be waxed at least twice per year, once in spring and once in fall.

Vehicle Checks- On a weekly basis, this equipment shall be checked to ensure that it contains all required equipment and that the cascade bottles and associated filling system is in proper working order. After each working fire, a complete inventory shall be made and any missing or damaged equipment shall be recorded and reported to an officer.