Our apparatus are integral to our daily functions. They serve a variety of functions and, beyond the firefighters themselves, are the key factor to any successful operation. It’s no surprise then that our apparatus are highly expensive and technical pieces of machinery and, as such, require constant maintenance and upkeep to ensure that they can perform how we—and the members of the community—expect them to perform. This is what makes the preventive maintenance so important. The one crucial thing about preventive maintenance is that it will most likely reduce or eliminate the need for expensive corrective maintenance in the future.
When talking about preventive maintenance, we must first understand what that term means. According to the NFPA 1911: Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus, preventive maintenance is the “systematic inspection, detection, correction, and prevention of incipient failures, before they become actual or major failures.”
Read more: Apparatus Supplement: Preventive Maintenance
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