Sometimes, things go wrong, really wrong...

Sometimes, weather and natural conditions are a factor...

Sometimes, things just kind of happen...

There is no way to do this job without something going wrong sometime. For the most part, the way we do things are learned by watching others, or learning from others from their mishaps. 

Can you share anything in the "lessons learned" category, with the goal of helping others not make the same mistakes you have?

Maybe something like reminding folks that a mechanical failure in an ambulance (Wimbledom, England) resulted in the ambulance catching on fire, including the oxygen tanks inside...

In the interest of fire and life safety,


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I've experience that Mike. When our fire truck got stalled. Have to get out and push it to start it. Good thing our truck back then is a mini-pumper.
Me and a Captain sank our first due in mud up to the frame just in sight of a veh fire threatening a structure.

Have been having issues with our county engine with the "shut off engine" light flashing and causing the engine to do nothing but idle. Really stinks when we leave the station and are stuck in the middle of the road for a minute.
I thought this is why CM- Continual maintenance existed unless your city isn't willing to supply you the tools necessary for CM. I've been trying to find some general CM rules for fire stations and couldn't find any. I would understand maybe weekly in the station and maybe quarterly for full inspection but these are only guesses would anyone care to elaborate?
I had the block plug come out of the Engine I was driving to a structure fire a few years ago. I noticed the engine was starting to overheat, when I pulled it over all the antifreeze and coolant was pouring out of the block.
We had 300 ft of 2 1/2 that started to unfold from the back as we were enroute, that was embarrassing.
Had our air brake lines freeze up on our tender on our way to a structure fire, of course it was 35 below zero and 65 below with windchill.
Had a driveway culvert collapse once, burying the exhaust pipe in the mud and shutting down the engine on a house fire. The property owner didn't like the small size of the state supplied culvert pipe, so they extended their driveway with a 4' box made from 3/4 treated plywood then added their own dirt and gravel. It evidently held up great to automotive traffic, but couldn't support the weight of the pumper.

Back in the day before the cable barriers on SC Interstate medians I cut a median crossing a little sharp and bent the tailboard up just enough that we had to jump on it just to access the rear compartment doors.

Got trucks stuck more times than I care to remember. Luckily I seem to always stick them at a place where we can still get the job done.

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