Fire Apparatus

The fleet manager must always monitor productivity, quality control, and profitability in cases where the fleet is commercial. Cost effectiveness, whether the fleet belongs to a fire department or is an over-the-road (OTR) private operation, is the name of the game.
Fire Apparatus

When faced with these problems, use common sense and certified technicians and remember to involve the OEM and manufacturer as much as possible, especially with safety-related systems such as brakes, steering, and aerial devices before performing modifications you deem necessary
Fire Apparatus

A failure that causes an accident that takes lives or a response time that was lengthened because of a breakdown can result in lawsuits that can typically be very costly. The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) can be held responsible and needs to ensure PM is being carried out to standards and is adequate.
Fire Apparatus

There have also been very important and significant changes in drum and disc brake friction (linings) material over the years and how they function that many may not be aware of that require changes to service procedures.
Fire Apparatus

The steering systems found in most heavy-duty fire apparatus and rescue trucks or emergency response vehicles (ERVs) have not changed much in the past 40 years.