# Your question: How long does it take to wash a fire truck?

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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.

## How often are fire trucks washed?

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 fast does a fire truck spray water?

These lines are located directly below the pump panel. They lay out in the open and are light, so they are easy to get off the fire engine for attacking a fire. Crosslays are 200 feet (61 m) long, have a diameter of 1.5 inches and can gush water at 95 gallons (360 L) per minute.

## 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.

## 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.

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## How much does it cost to fill up a fire truck with gas?

If you have a truck with a 50-gallon gas tank and gas is averaging \$3 a gallon, it will cost you \$150 to fill the tank before you turn in those keys. Add the cost of filling up your tank post-move to the cost of the trip to get your final total. Adding \$450 to \$150, it will cost you about \$600 total.

## What do firefighters do all day?

When not fighting fires, firefighters spend all day responding to medical emergencies and other types of calls, checking equipment, vehicle maintenance, housework/cleaning, writing reports, training and education, physical fitness, public safety demos, and station tours.

## Do firemen sleep at the station?

Firefighters do (sometimes) sleep at the station or firehouse. Stations usually are equipped with sleeping quarters, but depending on how busy the firefighters are, they may not have time to sleep while on duty.