Appropriate inspections and maintenance help keep apparatus and occupants safe.


Fire service apparatus must be maintained in good condition to ensure it is safe and will not jeopardize the safety of other road users or the occupants.

Actions for employers

Employers should:

  • train firefighters on conducting apparatus inspections
  • establish procedures for the inspections to be conducted on all fire service apparatus
  • consult with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or Health and Safety Representative when developing procedures

Commercial vehicle inspections

Read more about the Ministry of Transportation information on commercial vehicle safety requirements.

For more information on the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program contact your local Ministry of Transportation Enforcement Office.

Driver inspections

Firefighters should:

  • conduct and document vehicle inspections
  • monitor the apparatus for any defects

Firefighters must report defects which may endanger the health and safety of workers to the employer or supervisor.

Apparatus preventative maintenance program

Employers should:

  • develop a preventative maintenance program
  • inspect apparatus at regular intervals to ensure they are safe
  • keep inspection records including the date, odometer reading, the nature of the inspection and any repairs
  • make inspection and repair records available to apparatus drivers

Apparatus weight

Apparatus should have a safe overall weight and weight distribution. Employers should consider how equipment distribution affects the overall balance and weight of the apparatus.

Applicable regulations and acts


Applicable standards

Read NFPA 1911 Standard for the Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Automotive Fire Apparatus