Fire and EMS stations are used to house apparatus, equipment and other items needed to support
operations. They contain the bulk of the assets of any department or company.
In many locations, stations
are also a community hub providing meeting space, fundraising and social activities. Like any asset, a
station must be maintained to hold its value.
In emergency services, we take great pride in our
equipment and its ability to perform under the most
adverse conditions. Why are we confident in our
equipment? We regularly check it and maintain it to
help assure it will work as intended when it is needed.
Are we taking the same level of care with our
station(s)? Do we regularly inspect them to help ensure
everything is working properly and that they are being
maintained free of hazards? Self-inspections are a good
way to document efforts to maintain a safe place to
work and a safe place for our community and visitors.
Periodic safety and maintenance inspections of station
buildings and grounds allows for the identification of
potentially hazardous conditions. These inspections
may help minimize property damage, limit liability
claims and ensure the safety of members, employees
These inspections may be used to evaluate:
- Building conditions (roofs, exterior walls, etc.)
- Grounds and walking surfaces
- Electrical and HVAC system maintenance
- Kitchen/cooking safety
- Fire detection and suppression systems
- Storage practices
If you are not sure where to start, or are looking to evaluate the program you have in place, VFIS can help.
We have an award-winning distance learning class, In the Station: Best Practices in Station Safety, that
provides guidance on areas to focus on during self-inspections.
Access this course through VFIS University (vfisu.com) free of charge for VFIS clients. We also have a self inspection
form that may be used to document self-inspections. This can be found under SafetyCentral, Property Management.