In Focus: Equipment Maintenance Unit

By September 16, 2016LACoFD Home, LACoFD News
The Small Engine Repair Shop is just one of the shops in the Equipment Maintenance Unit of the Crafts Section. (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

The Small Engine Repair Shop is just one of the shops in the Equipment Maintenance Unit of the Crafts Section. Photo by Douglas G. Morrison.

Story by Nicole Mooradian; photos by Douglas G. Morrison.

One of four units in the Crafts Section, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Equipment Maintenance Unit in Pacoima is dedicated to the repair and maintenance of Emergency Operations’ safety and personal protective equipment, such as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and hose.

The Unit consists of the SCBA Shop, the Small Engine Repair Shop and the Hose Shop. In addition to its primary duties, the unit’s 10 employees also repair and maintain small engine equipment, such as vacuum cleaners and smoke ejectors, and assist with turnout distribution.

Equipment Maintenance Worker Luilly Dixon prepares to test a breathing apparatus (BA) at the BA Shop in Pacoima. Once a BA is repaired, it must be tested to ensure that it’s working properly. “It’s a puzzle to figure out what’s wrong,” says Dixon. “It’s fun. I enjoy it.” (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

Equipment Maintenance Worker Luilly Dixon prepares to test a breathing apparatus (BA) at the BA Shop in Pacoima. Once a BA is repaired, it must be tested to ensure that it’s working properly. “It’s a puzzle to figure out what’s wrong,” says Dixon. “It’s fun. I enjoy it.”

Senior Equipment Mechanic Jared Snyder prepares to send a group of self-contained breathing apparatus back to the field after finishing the annual flow testing. Every year, “we bring them in; check them out to make sure everything’s working properly; and ship them back out,” he says. (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

Senior Equipment Maintenance Worker Jared Snyder prepares to send a group of self-contained breathing apparatus back to the field after finishing the annual flow testing. “We bring them in; check them out to make sure everything’s working properly; and ship them back out,” he says.

Equipment Maintenance Worker Jon Fowler fixes a K950 rotary saw in the Small Engine Repair Shop. “I get to fix frontline equipment for the firefighters, knowing that it’s going to possibly save some other people’s lives,” says Fowler. (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

Equipment Maintenance Worker Jon Fowler fixes a K950 rotary saw in the Small Engine Repair Shop. “I get to fix frontline equipment for the firefighters, knowing that it’s going to possibly save some other people’s lives,” says Fowler.

Equipment Maintenance Helper Mark Palos of the Small Engine Repair Shop spends his time fixing anything with a small engine, whether it’s a rotary saw, a smoke ejector or a vacuum cleaner. Working in the shop, “you get to break down stuff … really know the inside and outside about how something works,” he says. (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

Equipment Maintenance Helper Mark Palos of the Small Engine Repair Shop spends his time fixing anything with a small engine, whether it’s a rotary saw, a smoke ejector or a vacuum cleaner. Working in the shop, “you get to break down stuff … really know the inside and outside about how something works,” he says.

Ariel Orozco, an equipment maintenance worker, tests a firehose for leaks. The Hose Shop, which is part of the Equipment Maintenance Unit, tests and repairs the Department’s firehoses. (LACoFD / Douglas G. Morrison)

Ariel Orozco, an equipment maintenance worker, tests a fire hose for leaks. The Hose Shop, which is part of the Equipment Maintenance Unit, tests and repairs the Department’s fire hoses.