So depending on the time of year, they get washed 1-3 times a week on average at our department. It’s a matter of pride and an unwritten rule to never turn over a dirty engine to the oncoming crew, unless it’s currently raining and washing it would be pointless.
How long does it take to wash a fire truck?
Before this design, firefighters had to wash the underside of each truck by hand using a power washer. Capt. Tomme Tysdal said that “would easily take a couple of hours,” but now it takes about 30 minutes to wash all 10 trucks.
Do firefighters fix their own trucks?
Although they do not fix major mechanical problems with the fire engines, the firefighters often do minor repairs. … The stations and trucks are viewed as the citizens property which the firefighters are responsible for maintaining and caring for.
Why are fire trucks always so clean?
The reason that firefighters seem to wash their trucks so frequently is to provide longevity for the equipment, allow for damage and other issues to be more easily seen and therefore fixed, and as a way to show their professionalism and pride in their job.
Are fire trucks always running?
In the fire station, engines are always plugged into a “shore line” to keep the batteries charged and the engine warm so it is ready to go. This is not an option while on scene. Power from the running engine is required to run the pump and distribute water. … The motor also powers lights and emergency flashers.
Do fire trucks stop at red lights?
Every state will have a provision within their highway traffic regulations to allow fire apparatus to proceed through red lights, provided they come to a complete stop first, ensure the way is clear in all directions, and then when it is safe to do so, proceed through the intersection.
Do fire trucks have keys?
Almost all ambulances do have keys, but many have a system that allows you to take the keys out while the engine is still running.