Staffed by six (6) 310T licensed truck and coach mechanics and one (1) mechanical technician, the Apparatus Division repairs and maintains a myriad of equipment used by the London Fire Department (LFD) including minor station related repairs.
On the fleet side, the Division’s mechanics conduct inspections, major and minor repairs as well as preventative maintenance on the Department’s 27 diesel powered fire apparatus, 15 trucks and vans, 20 passenger vehicles, 3 Zodiac motorized boats and a number of trailers. The Division performs preventative maintenance inspections on every diesel powered fire apparatus approximately every four (4) to five (5) weeks, a major inspection every six (6) months and Ministry of Transportation Inspections annually including NFPA pump and ladder tests, where applicable.
Concerning personal protective equipment and smaller equipment, the Division maintains 125 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and approximately 440 SCBA air bottles, noting that the SCBAs are inspected annually with 150 SCBA air bottles being sent out for certification on a rotational basis. Included in this area are the maintenance and repair of the LFD’s four (4) SCBA breathing air compressors and filling stations, its Air/Light unit, as well as the associated air sampling testing. Additionally, the mechanical technician conducts annual SCBA face fit tests, as well as biannual N95 tests.
While there are numerous other pieces of equipment maintained by the Division, the next most notable would be six (6) sets (plus a back up) of Holmatro auto extrication power units, cutters, spreaders, rams, etc.