The Apparatus Committee is comprised of a representative from each of
the three shifts. The purpose of the Apparatus Committee is to develop
vehicle specifications that best meet the needs of the department.
Vehicles and apparatus are purchased in accordance with Five-Year Plans
that are updated every year.
Public Works Motor Pool also plays a key role in the development of the
apparatus specifications. The fire department mechanic insures that the
drive train will power the vehicle, as well as the pump. His other
specialty is emergency lighting and vehicle wiring. Motor Pool makes
in-house repairs to the entire Fire Department fleet whenever possible,
with only the most major and complex repairs handled by the apparatus
builder or his designee. Mechanics and members of the on-duty shift do
annual pump tests. Preventative maintenance is scheduled on a regular
basis for all vehicles. Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) conducts an annual
test on all aerial and ground ladders. Ambulances must pass safety checks
and inspections by the Illinois Department of Public Health once each