Aerial Inspection:

According to NFPA 1911 Chapter 22, All inspections and tests specified in this Standard, except those specifically designated as nondestructive tests (NDT), shall be conducted at the following times:

  • At least annually
  • After major repairs or overhaul
  • Following the use of the aerial device when the aerial device could have been subjected to unusual operating conditions of stress or load
  • When there is reason to believe that usage has suceeded the manufacturer's recommended aerial device operating procedures. 


CFS Inspection's Fire Truck Inspection includes but not limited to:


-Consult with Customer about any Existing Problems with Unit         

-Perform Preliminary Visual of Unit for Defects, Damage, etc..         

-Take Picture of Unit                                                                                             

-Gather Information and Record in Log Book                                                    

-Make Sure Work Area is Safe and Free Of Obstructions              

-Setup Unit for Drift Test                                                                                    

-Perform Bearing Deflection (If Possible)                                                           

-Record Operating & Relief Pressure          

-Mark Cylinders, Shut Off Unit and Start Drift Test (1 Hour)               

-Visual Inspection (Order Not Specific)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 




Ground Ladder Inspection:
According to NFPA 1932, all ground ladders shall be  service tested on the following schedule:


  • Before the ladder is placed in service for the first time.
  • At least annually.
  • At any time a ladder is suspected of being unsafe.
  • After the ladder has been subjected to overloading.
  • After the ladder has been subjected to impact loading or unusual conditions of use.
  • Whenever the ladder has been exposed or is suspected of having been exposed to direct flame contact.
  • Whenever the heat sensor label has changed to indicate heat exposure.
  • After any repairs have been completed, unless the only repair was replacing the  halyard.






CFS Inspections performs nondestructive testing and inspection for Fire Department aerial ladders, platforms and ground ladders according to NFPA 1911, Standard for Inspection, Maintenance, Testing, and Retirement of In-Service Emergency Vehicles, 2017 Edition Chapter 22-Performance Testing of Aerial Devices.

After completion of tests, all units will have a complete written or digital report with a digital picture of unit on the cover page. Serious defects will have a picture in the summary page. Reports will be given in digital or written form. You will receive this report on-site same day as the inspection.

​CFS Inspections will provide a Certificate of Inspection after needed repairs are made.


Fire Truck Inspection Services

  • Inspect Underneath Unit                                                                    
  • Check Bolt Torque on Required Bolts                                        
  • Inspect Boom/Ladder/Platform & Cradle                                  
  • Perform Mag Inspection                                                                     
  • Perform Ut Inspection     
  • Perform Dye Penetrant   
  • Check Cables & Fasteners  
  • Operate Monitor/Nozzle/Intercom  
  • Check Ladder Lights For Proper Operation       
  • Perform Twist Test (If Needed) 
  • Perform Thickness Test (If Needed)  


-Perform Load/Stability Test                                                                                  

-Visually Inspect Load Supporting Elements

-Perform Operational Timing Tests (Speed)                                                                                                                           

  • Elevation
  • Rotation Left/Right   
  • Extension      

                                                                                                       

-Operate Boom/Ladder/Platform At All Controls                                

-Perform Hardness Test (Aluminum Ladders)                                             

-Check Ground Lights And Step Lights                  

​-Get Hydraulic Oil Sample                                                                                      

-Replace Heat Sensors On Aluminum Ladders (If Needed)               

-Place Inspection Sticker On Unit & Remove All Others                      

-Waterway Pressure Test (If Sold)                                                                

-Waterway Flow Test (If Sold)

-Produce Report and Give to Customer