You’ve got a lot of things to do as a firefighter, and calls are only one of them. You have to train, maintain your certifications, fill out paperwork, do truck and inventory checks… Maintaining your equipment is probably the last thing on your mind.
David Cain over at Firefighter Nation gets it. He was deputy chief of the Boulder, CO Fire Department for over 30 years, so he knows that firefighters don’t have enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, that’s not an excuse.
“We demand more out of our gear than practically any other profession,” he writes, “because if it fails, it can cost a whole lot more than just money.”
Cain has a number of tips for keeping your equipment, like your saws, ready for action. Not only will these tips will save your department money replacing broken-down equipment, they might also save your life:
- Start and run your equipment regularly.
- Schedule your equipment inspections, like your other checks.
- Take care of any small problems that you find immediately, before they become big problems.
Read the rest of Cain’s article over at Firefighter Nation.
Firefighter Nation, David Cain, “How to Prolong Fire Department Equipment Life“