Ambulance Maintenance

AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE

ESTABLISH AN AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM

Ambulance maintenance can help improve the life of your ambulance by increasing reliability, durability, performance, and reducing downtime. Providing routine and preventative maintenance can help protect your ambulance from major repair expenses by eliminating issues or detecting issues early enough to prevent more extensive damage. As emergency response vehicles, ambulances must always be maintained to provide safe and reliable response. Some mechanical failures are inevitable, but preventative and regularly scheduled maintenance checks can eliminate these failures.

Ambulance operators should check certain aspects of their ambulance once monthly, once every three months, once every six months, and once every year. Smaller tasks, like checking tires and suspension systems, should be done every month. Bigger tasks like checking cooling system lines or waxing all interior surfaces can be done on a bi-annual or annual basis.

The below lists are guidelines for maintenance tips for your ambulance. If you have any questions about ambulance maintenance or ambulance preventative maintenance, contact your Braun dealer or Braun’s service department!

MONTHLY AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  • Check tires for wear/proper air pressure
  • Check door switches and lubricate as necessary
  • Check safety warning lights for proper operation
  • Check back-up alarm device
  • Check and clean back-up camera
  • Check and clean interior camera
  • Check and clean all screens (LCD for cameras, Vista screens, etc.)
  • Clean the inverter/charger unit, make sure DC cables are secure and fasteners are tight
  • Check primary stretcher systems
  • Check suspension system for loose or worn components and leaks around fittings
  • Check the standard heating/AC system; clean if necessary

QUARTERLY AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  • Check suction device
  • Check siren speakers
  • Clean and check battery connections; perform load test
  • Lubricate conversion batteries’ sliding tray
  • Check oxygen systems to ensure there is no leak
  • Check seat belts and latches for wear/malfunction
  • Check safety net webbing and anchors for wear/malfunction
  • Check stretcher and backboard fastening systems
  • Check and lubricate rear flip-up step swivels
  • Lubricate door handles, check for wear/corrosion
  • Check and lubricate door locks and lock barrels
  • Check, clean, and lubricate door hinges
  • Check, clean, and lubricate weatherstrips

BI-ANNUAL AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  • Check air pressure in spare tire
  • Check electrical panel connections
  • Check and clean all connections in the battery isolator
  • Check opening grille of each chrome vent; repair if necessary
  • Check tie-down knobs of primary antler hook and rail assembly
  • Check emergency release latches for doors
  • Check cooling system lines, fluid levels, and coolant strength
  • Check and clean body & door drain holes

ANNUAL AMBULANCE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  • Check, wax all interior surfaces such as aluminum, ABS, and fiberglass
  • Check quick-release oxygen cylinder bracket; tighten if necessary
  • Check and reset all 110 volts AC outlets; repair as necessary