Aerial devices should be tested annually or if the aerial device has been damaged or significantly repaired.

 

Aerial ladder testing is performed by a certified mechanical engineering staff.

 

Fire apparatus equipped with an aerial ladder, elevating platform, or water tower, and their associated systems, shall be inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 1911, Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles, 2017 Edition, Chapter 22.

 

The aerial device and its associated systems shall be maintained in accordance with the aerial device manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

With the cost of new apparatus today, the refurbishment of aerial apparatus is considered to be an economically feasible option to replacement.  When considering refurbishment follow the current edition of NFPA 1912, Standard Fire Apparatus Refurbishing and Annex D of NFPA 1911.

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