Fire Apparatus


municipal fire truckWhen it comes to protecting the citizens of your community, the care and maintenance of your trucks and equipment is very important. Not only do you need to have a highly trained, highly skilled emergency response crew, you also need reliable Engines and Ladders that will function without concern or problems.

A common problem with Fire Engines and Ladder trucks is spring hanger failure ... partially due to the weight of the body exerted on the chassis components. Spring hanger failure is sometimes attributed to insufficient or inadequate component greasing. The cost to replace a single spring hanger can easily exceed $2,000.

These failures can cause the unavailability of a critical rescue equipment and produce costly repair bills for the City/Town. A solution is needed that would ensure proper lubrication of the fire apparatus chassis.

That is where Lubrication Technologies comes to your "rescue"!

Typical pieces of equipment installed with the ILC system include pumpers, aerial ladder trucks, and EMS vehicles.

We work closely with our fire department partners to ensure their needs are met. Lubrication Technologies has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to installing Automatic Lubrication Systems for fire departments to help protect their Engines and Ladder trucks.

By installing an Automatic Lubrication System on your firefighting apparatus, you are reducing maintenance costs, saving on component wear, increasing overall effeciency of the equipment, and ensuring the safety of your crew and those who depend on them.

Reliability Centered Maintenance is the approach endorsed by Maintenance Professionals across industries. We practice RCM to support the protection of assets at the lowest life-cycle cost. Our World Class Lubrication Reliability Program incorporates best practices and produces optimum results.


In 2006 David Piangerelli, the local LE Lubrication Consultant, contacted the Pittsfield Fire Department's Deputy Chief Mr. Spaniel and offered a solution to reduce spring hanger failures and to increase the reliability of the fire engines and ladder trucks. Mr. Piangerelli recommended installing a Centralized Lubrication System on the Fire Apparatus as well as using LE 3750 ALMAGARD® Vari-Purpose Lubricant. The Centralized Lubrication System delivers a metered, precise amount of LE 3750 ALMAGARD VariPurpose Lubricant to each lubrication point, whenever the vehicle is in motion.

LE 3750 ALMAGARD Vari-Purpose Lubricant is a multi-functional, extreme pressure lubricant for extended service under extreme conditions in on and off-road vehicles and in many plant applications. The lubricant is rust and corrosion inhibited. LE 3750 ALMAGARD Vari Purpose lubricant was recommended because it is very tacky, it has excellent water resistance and does not pound out.

For this particular application, Mr. Piangerelli recommended installing a Series Progressive Centralized Lubrication System which delivers lubricant by use of a series of divider valves that are engineered to deliver precise amounts of lubricant to each point. A Series Progressive lubrication system ensures the delivery of lubrication to each point and will alert personnel if there is a blockage in any line by use of a pressure gauge and pressure relief valve installed on every system.

Each Centralized Lubrication System is used to lubricate the entire Fire Apparatus chassis including:

  • King Pins
  • Drag Links
  • Slack Adjusters
  • “S” Cams
  • Tie Rods
  • Spring Pins
  • Spring Shackles


Lubrication Management Programs Protect Your Assets and Save You Money:

Although lubricants make up a mere 3% of the typical maintenance budget; using ineffective products, techniques and applications can have a significant impact on the lubrication-related costs that make up 40% of that budget. A Lubrication Management Program designed by the Technical Consultants at Lubrication Technologies, Inc. can help you target those areas where you see red.

  • Your equipment and components will last longer, run more efficiently and more reliably, and you won’t replace equipment or components prematurely
  • Your labor force will spend less time on routine lubrication-related maintenance and no time on lubricant-related equipment failures
  • You’ll reduce over-all lubricant consumption as well as waste
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Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, MA
Saving $9,000 per year in component replacement!
“We used to purchase the cheapest lubricants we found, now with 3750 my front end parts and king pins last longer, the life of the spring hangers has been extended, and the old grease still looks red!” Read more

Tom Scherben

Pittsfield Fire Department
Master Mechanic
Quinn Brothers Inc., Essex, MA
Saved $92,400 over a five year period since converting to LE lubrication program!
“We cannot say enough about the service Dave Piangerelli supplies, as well as the products, top notch in our book! The installation of the lubrication system is the single, most cost-effective option on a truck.” Read more

Jay & Joe Coughlin

Quinn Brothers Inc.


We'll do everything we can to insure you get the best solution for your application!