As I talk to more fire departments about how they maintain their fleets, I come upon four distinct jobs to be done. Some departments will do the initial couple, and others (perhaps with larger fleets) might do more. I am looking for Responserack to keep it simple and allow you to operate at the level you can support with department resources, and also at a level you can sustain over time.
Keep track of apparatus checks, typically from a mobile device, and report any issues. This allows the key insights of what is fully operational right now, and what is not working? Attach photos of any problems. (Allow a fleet manager to mark issues as resolved.)
Key questions answered by ‘Checks’:
Keep track of repairs done, and scheduled maintenance. Pump testing, pump service, changed transmission oil, tires rotated … keep track of as much or as little as you need. Record the invoice, the garage that did the repair (unless done in house), and the apparatus mileage it was done at.
Key questions answered by ‘Maintenance Records’:
Keeping track of maintenance is valuable, however maintenance is ongoing every year, every cycle. An experienced fleet manager can look at maintenance records and know what is coming up, but explicitly setting schedules (annual, 3 months, etc.) allows Responserack to communicate that clearly.
Key questions answered by ‘Scheduling’:
Apparatus maintenance costs are a significant part of any volunteer fire departments budget. Knowing know much has been spent, and what remains available allows a fleet manager to budget accordingly, and perhaps include more preventative maintenance.
Key questions answered by ‘Maintenance Planning’:
Please contact me if you have more to teach me about fire department truck maintenance and apparatus checks. I’d appreciate hearing it.