What is the required in service testing for engines in service for yearly certifications?
You must perform an annual safety inspection of the chassis. You must perform annual inspections of the aerial device, up to but not including the five year Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). However, after the first or second five year aerial NDT inspection testing, it is my recommendation to perform a five year inspection as wear and tear becomes accelerated as time and mileage accumulate.
Remember that you must also maintain the chassis to each component’s manufacturer’s recommendations. If the apparatus has a tank and pump, the pump must be tested to the pump certification capabilities annually. There are many more items for inspection and compliance to the Uniform North American “Out-of-Service” criteria as listed in NFPA 1911; “Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus, 2007 Edition.” Use it as your bible of minimum required inspections and testing.
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