AFMA vehicle maintenance challenges

The wide variety of vehicle types in the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority inventory requires a lot of special equipment and maintenance.

By Roger Ball
Independent Newsmedia

“Popping the hood” has different meanings for each piece of fire apparatus.

The Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Support Services Division personnel maintain 30 emergency vehicles, plus several vehicles for ancillary services, mostly including SUVs and pickup trucks.

Nine of those emergency vehicles are headquartered in Sun city West, including three ambulances, three engines, one ladder truck, one ladder tender and one battalion chief’s vehicle. AFMA also operates an all-terrain vehicle that is often dispatched to wildfires in the western United States as well as responding to local calls in especially rugged terrain.

AFMA maintains eight stations—Five in Sun City West and Wittmann, two in Sun Lakes and one in Tonopah Valley.

For minor service matters, AFMA technicians go to the stations to work on the vehicles. Major work requires the fire apparatus to go to the AFMA administrative center in Sun City West, 18818 Spanish Garden Drive.

Capt. Brad Puckett oversees the AFMA Support Services Division. In addition to maintaining the vehicle fleet, the division is also in charge of all facilities, self-contained breathing apparatus, personal protection equipment, radios and surplus equipment.

The authority officials are now in the process of updating their radios.

 



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