Whatever ladder truck the crew is riding on must be fully functional to be able to carry out the many tasks assigned to the truck company. Whether itâs an elevated master stream, a stokes basket operation or putting firefighters on the roof, the aerial must be ready to perform.
This requires two things: equipment that works and a crew capable of working that equipment. Different ladder trucks operate differently and have different capabilities, requiring firefighters to constantly train on every type of aerial in a given department.
If everyone does their job properly, the apparatus and equipment is tested and maintained. If a malfunction is detected, a work order is done or a unit may be pulled from service. One piece of weekly maintenance is to clean exposed tools and compartments. The point of this is not to create busy work, but to ensure that the equipment is functional, and that firefighters have an opportunity to put their hands on the equipment regularly.
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