Recent Alerts from Nixle
Tornado Warning For Montgomery County Until 1:00 Pm.
Heavy Rain Continues In The Entire District. Another 10-15 Inches Is Likely This Morning And Into The Afternoon.
Heavy Rainfall Is Occurring In The South County Area.
South Montgomery County Fire Department
27900 Robinson Road
Conroe, TX 77385
Voice: 281-363-FIRE (3473)
EMPLOYEE/CREW HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Friday, October 21, 2016
In 2011, ESD #8 made the decision to establish an “in house” Apparatus Fleet Maintenance Division. This division would be responsible for maintaining Fire Apparatus, fire equipment, command vehicles, and grounds equipment maintenance. This would include Fire Apparatus and command vehicles, annual testing & maintenance, and repairs that are necessary to provide safe & NFPA compliant emergency responses.
On October 10, 2011, the first employee hired to fill the role of Fleet Maintenance Technician was Caleb Smith. Caleb is a graduate of Universal Technician Institute and has numerous ASE and Emergency Vehicle certifications. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the Diesel Mechanic industry with 12 of those focused specifically on Fire Apparatus. Upon expanding the division and hiring a second fleet maintenance technician, Caleb was promoted to Fleet Maintenance Manager. Caleb is responsible for coordination, scheduling, parts inventory, diagnostics, repairs, maintenance record keeping, supervision of Technicians, assistance in retirement/replacement of apparatus decisions, and insuring that SMCFD Fleet is maintained to a degree that meets or exceeds NFPA 1911 standards.
Due to the growth of our department a second technician was hired to help maintain our Fleet Maintenance. Trey Harvey began working for SMCFD on January 4, 2016. Trey is a graduate of Universal Technical Institute, with manufacturer specific certifications for Cummins Diesel Engines. Trey has experience with diesel engine repair and maintenance, and a fast growing knowledge of fire apparatus maintenance and repairs. Trey focuses on preventative maintenance, repairs and annual testing of Fire Apparatus, fire equipment, command vehicle, grounds keeping equipment and training equipment. Trey is also responsible for documentation of “in house” repairs and monitors the divisions’ parts inventory.
Since its start in October 2011, the Fleet maintenance division has developed into an operation that is able to accommodate 99% of all NFPA required repair, maintenance, and testing internally; has initiated a Preventative Maintenance plan, and invested in shop equipment and inventory. These developments have virtually eliminated the need to use outside sources for these services, and has minimized the out-of-service time for our Fire Apparatus, allowing the department to keep the status of our apparatus ready to respond. This allows SMCFD to use the funds that would ordinarily be associated with these services in other areas that will better suit the needs of the citizens of our District. Thank you Caleb and Trey for the work you do.