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Fire Apparatus Tips
Tighten tire lug nuts
Over time and with much driving, lug nuts can become loose; they need to be tight at all times to ensure safe operation. ...
Apparatus inspection stickers
When inspecting an apparatus, verify the commercial inspection sticker that certifies that the apparatus has had its annual mechanical inspection. ...
Inspect the inside rear tires
The inside tires on the rear axle are often overlooked during apparatus checks. One concern is large rocks becoming wedged between the two tires. another is that it is easy to miss ...
Know the aerial's scrub area
Take a moment during a training night or day to measure the bedded length of the aerial ladder and then figure out how best to accurately gauge that distance needed when arriving ...
Test aerial back-up and override controls
There are many safety systems in place in aerial devices that are essential to the operation of it. However, there are times when they may need to be circumvented. ...
Walk the aerial
Walking the aerial ladder involves walking on top of it to the end and then walking under it back to conduct a visual and physical check of other components. ...
Drive to the conditions
When weather conditions change, we need to drive to the conditions slowing down is a start. ...
Keep an eye on traffic
It is our responsibility to control the work space to produce a safe working environment. This includes using the fire apparatus as a blocker. ...
Pass on the left
If you are navigating the fire apparatus around vehicles on the road and go around them on the right because of convenience, there is a good chance that a collision can occur. ...
Secure in-cab items
No matter what the item is, it needs to be secured so that it does not become a projectile. ...
Clean the doghouse
One area that can be a huge obstruction is inside the cab of the apparatus on top of the engine. ...
Rolling the hose
When the hose is repacked, it tends to be full of air, which causes the hose to not sit flat in the hose bed. Often it will form into a banana-like shape in the hose bed. A way to ...
Put the pump in gear
While waiting for the investigation to unfold, the apparatus operator can place the pump in gear to reduce the time needed if a charged hose line is required. ...
Safe driving and centers of gravity
How many times have we heard of a fire apparatus crash that was caused when the driver drifted off the right side of the road, attempted to bring the vehicle back onto the road, ...
Checking your vehicles are not overweight
Most districts have some type of scrap or junk yard that has a certified vehicle scale... ...
How to handle hydroplane situations
Should you find yourself in a hydroplane situation, research has shown that you should take a firm grip of the steering wheel, take your foot off the accelerator and do not touch ...
Lead by example
The first step in being an effective leader is to look at yourself, get to know your strengths and weaknesses, and understand them... ...
Fuel-saving measures
The Morning Star Fire Department in Garland County, which is mostly volunteer, has implemented some fuel-saving measures... ...
Driving safety
Driving is one of the most hazardous tasks that we perform when assigned to fires ...
Driving safety
Driving is one of the most hazardous tasks that we perform when assigned to fires. Vehicle operators need to recognize their own poor driving habits and strive to develop proper ...
Managing vehicle traffic in smoke
Smoke has the potential to cause safety hazards to vehicle traffic in the vicinity of active fires, especially at night. The following traffic-related items should be considered ...
Wildland vehicle entrapment
If you find yourself in a fire entrapment situation where a shelter deployment is not possible, using a vehicle for refuge may be an option. ...
Use a backer/spotter when reversing apparatus
Editor's note: Share your safety tips with the FireRescue1 community by e-mailing them to editor@firerescue1.com. How many of us have been involved in an apparatus accident while ...
Proper training is crucial for emergency vehicles operation
Before you let just anyone in your department drive a fire truck or ambulance, serious consideration should be made to develop a driver-training program with stringent guidelines. ...