Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Peoria Fire Department Fire Apparatus Maintenance Program [open pdf - 125KB]
"This research project investigated the area of vehicle maintenance and the role it plays in providing fire and emergency service. It also explored the concept of how having a mechanic designated solely to the fire department for servicing and maintaining its fleet. More specifically, this research studied the City of Peoria, Arizona Fire Department. An action/descriptive research technique was employed to make recommendations to the fire chief to help produce a department program. An extensive review of literature received from the National Fire Academy's Learning Resource Center was conducted. The four following research questions were developed and evaluated for this project: 1. Does the need exist for the Peoria Fire Department to have more control over it's vehicle maintenance of it's fire apparatus? 2. What is an acceptable amount of down time for fire apparatus? 3. Would hiring a mechanic that specializes in fire apparatus improve the level of fire and emergency medical service provided in the City of Peoria? 4. Would developing a preventive maintenance program for the fire department improve the quality of work provided? A phone and e-mail survey was conducted with ten fire departments and districts within the Phoenix regional area to view how they operate their vehicle maintneance programs. The results of the research indicated that the Peoria Fire Department would benefit from having more control over it's fire apparatus and that hiring a fire mechanic is imperative to reducing the amount of downtime for the department's fire apparatus."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/