BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
23ABC got a behind-the-scenes look at the people who fix the gear that helps keep the community safe.
They maintain and repair fire trucks and other gear first responders count on when lives are on the line.
When minutes count, the equipment firefighters use must work the first time, every time.
The people who do this important work are very aware of what is at stake.
Inside the fleet services building at the Kern County Fire Department headquarters, they work on everything from regular vehicles to giant firefighting equipment.
Fire officials said they also keep a small fleet of replacement trucks so when one is in the shop, crews still have a fire engine.
Altogether 550 pieces of equipment come in and out of the shop, and their size and special functions mean these pieces of equipment are more expensive to repair, officials said.
They said fire trucks sometimes need new brakes every two months because of all the hard stopping.
The fleet services division spends $1.2 million a year just on parts, according to fire officials.