Section VII-2

Equipment Testing Policy

Purpose:  To establish guidelines for operational testing of all Three Star Fire Department equipment to ensure minimum standards are maintained for their safe operation and use.

Scope:   Equipment outlined in this guideline is affected by mandatory testing by NFPA, OSHA, manufacturer or Three Star Fire Department standards.

Policy:

All Three Star Fire Department apparatus and equipment must be properly tested and maintained in accordance with OSHA requirements, NFPA guidelines, and manufacturers’ standards.  A brief summary of testing and maintenance Guidelines follows.

Apparatus

All apparatus must be properly maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.  This is in addition to the weekly maintenance check, which is outlined in Section VII-1.  A trained and certified fire apparatus service technician should be used for all work on Three Star Fire Department apparatus.  With oversight by the Apparatus Lieutenant, each individual apparatus will be given a complete preventive maintenance check at least once a year.

Hose Testing

All Three Star Fire Department hose in service on shall be tested annually.  The procedure for testing all fire department hose is as follows:

Hose testing may be done in-house or alternatively may be contracted out to a professional hose-testing firm, at the discretion of the Chief.

Hose Cleaning

Fire hose will be cleaned after each use utilizing the standard operating procedures outlined in Appendix 7.

Pump Testing

All Three Star Fire Department apparatus with pumps will be service tested at least annually, in accordance with NFPA 1911, by a certified test and inspection company.

SCBA Maintenance and Testing

Section II-3 for Three Star Fire Department policy and Appendix 8 for specific operating procedures.

Every two years all SCBA (including regulators) must be subjected to a flow test.  This test can only be performed by a properly trained and manufacturer certified service care technician.  The PASS alarm must also be tested every two (2) years, also by a manufacturer certified service care technician.

SCBA air bottles must be hydro tested every three years.  All air bottles must be taken out of service and retired after 15 years.

Hydrant Testing and Maintenance

Hydrant testing and maintenance will be conducted annually. 

Air Compressor & Booster

See Appendix 9 for operating procedures.

Air compressor and air booster systems designed to refill SCBA tanks fall under NFPA requirements for quarterly air checks.  Additionally, the air systems must undergo an NFPA standard annual service.

Ladder Testing

All Three Star Fire Department ground ladders will be service tested at least annually, in accordance with NFPA 1911, by a certified test and inspection company.