Apparatus Check Off Procedures- Often over looked Drill

Often times we look for drills that will get the crew going and makes everyone say great job I would have never thought of that, but this site is geared towards the basics so we will offer some simple tips.

General tips for all apparatus

1. Get a general impression of the apparatus- Do a complete 360 looking at the tires, body, and any external equipment for damage and wear ( i.e. spotlights, telescoping lights, hand tools)

2. Check all fluids possible that need to be checked before the apparatus is started.

3. Check all signaling equipment to include warning devices


1. Start with the above points

2. Check all nozzles ensuring they are turned to the right and set to the gallonage your department or officer requires them to flow.  If using smoothbore ( Great Choice ) make sure that your handles and ball valve inside are good to go. If using automatic or selectable gallonage ensure that you have all your teeth and the bumper is in good shape also.

3. Ensure your hose is packed properly and will deploy without any hang ups

4. visually check your water level and foam if you have it. We know guages would never lie or break

5.Before engaging the pump operate and lubricant if necessary all valves and drains before placing it in pump

6. Engage the pump and make sure all controls with the exception of the valves are working ( i.e. transfer valve, pressure relief valve, manual overrides for pumps, or master control valves.

7. Be sure to check all lighting equipment, generators, and etc. ensure they run properly and properly serviced before being secured


Aerial Apparatus

1. Start with general tips above

2. Check aerial ladder for damage, check the welds and if you have a pinnable waterway, ensure it has a pin and it is placed correctly.

3. Check your hydraulic fluid and ensure there are no leaks

4. Check the outriggers and ensure there are no damage and they are operating properly.

5. Raise the Aerial ladder and place it in every angle, extended it fully, rotate it 360 degrees. ensure all safety alarms are working

6. Inspect your ground ladders and hand tools to ensure they are operating smoothly and don’t require matainance

Rescue/Squad Units

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