With over 20 years of experience as a service technician at Midwest Fire, I’ve seen my fair share of both routine and unexpected issues arise with fire apparatus. After a busy summer of brush fires, grill fires, and everything else that can come with the scorching heat, it may be time to give your rig a little TLC. Preventative and proactive maintenance is the name of the game when it comes to fire apparatus. Otherwise, you may be setting your department up for equipment malfunctions, expensive repairs, or possible injuries. If firefighters led a stagnant lifestyle when off-duty, they may be a bit slow, stiff, and impaired when it really counts. Fire trucks are very similar in this respect: if you don’t keep them operating and moving, they tend to get sluggish. In my experience, there are three key hot spots that can make a big impact on how well your department’s truck functions for your community.