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  1. Essentials of Fire Fighting • Seventh Edition Chapter 21 Maintenance and Testing Responsibilities

  2. Learning Objective 1 • Describe equipment maintenance procedures.

  3. Equipment Maintenance • Equipment must be ready to perform at its optimal level • Established maintenance program will ensure equipment is fully operational • Cleaning some tools requires different solvents • Some equipment only requires mild soap • Refer to manufacturer’s user manual and safety data sheets for solvents and follow policies and procedures

  4. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators (Cont.)

  5. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators (Cont.)

  6. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators (Cont.)

  7. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators (Cont.)

  8. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators (Cont.)

  9. CAUTION • Always start and operate all gas- or diesel-powered equipment in a well-ventilated area.

  10. Maintaining Power Plants And Electrical Generators

  11. REVIEW QUESTION • What are three of the items that firefighters should check when maintaining power plants and electrical generators?

  12. Maintaining Power Rescue Tools • Review manufacturer’s service manual for specific directions • Inspect at the beginning of each shift and make sure they start (Cont.)

  13. Maintaining Power Rescue Tools • Make sure all parts and support items are easily accessible • Keep battery packs fully charged • Keep pneumatic air cylinders fully charged • Check all fluid levels • Use only recommended types of lubricants, hydraulic fluids, and fuel grades • Inspect saw, chisel, and cutter blades regularly; replace blades that are worn or damaged • Check all electrical components for cuts or other damage • Make sure all protective guards are functional and in place (Cont.)

  14. Maintaining Power Rescue Tools • Inspect hydraulic supply hoses for damage • Inspect hydraulic hose couplings to ensure they are clean and functional • Inspect pneumatic supply hoses for damage • Inspect pneumatic hose couplings to ensure they are clean and functional • Clean the work area and return all tools and equipment to the proper areas • Document maintenance on appropriate forms or records

  15. REVIEW QUESTION • What are three of the general guidelines for maintaining power rescue tools?

  16. Maintaining Portable Lighting Equipment (Cont.)

  17. Maintaining Portable Lighting Equipment

  18. REVIEW QUESTION • When inspecting electrical cords, what characteristics should be noted?

  19. Learning Objective 2 • Explain the process of service testing fire hose.

  20. Service Testing Fire Hose (Cont.)

  21. Service Testing Fire Hose

  22. Test Site Preparation

  23. Service Testing Equipment (Cont.)

  24. Service Testing Equipment

  25. REVIEW QUESTIONS • What type of location should be used to service test fire hose? • What equipment or tools are needed to service test fire hose?

  26. Service Test Procedure (Cont.)

  27. CAUTION • All personnel operating in the area of the pressurized hose should wear at least a helmet as a safety precaution.

  28. Service Test Procedure • When using a pumper, connect hoses to discharges on the side opposite the pump panel • Close all valves slowly • Test lengths should not exceed 300 feet (100 m) • Laying large-diameter hose flat before charging helps prevent unnecessary wear • Stand away from the discharge valve connection when charging • Keep area as dry as possible when filling and discharging air from the hose

  29. Indicators Of Removal From Service

  30. NOTE • Some damage to fire hose may not require its removal from service. If a coupling has loosened or a leak occurs close to a coupling, the hose may be cut to remove the damaged location and a new coupling attached (also called recoupling).

  31. Recording Procedures (Cont.)

  32. Recording Procedures (Cont.)

  33. Recording Procedures

  34. REVIEW QUESTIONS • What are some general guidelines for effective service testing of fire hose? • What information should fire hose service testing records include?

  35. QUESTIONS • Are there any questions about this content?