Recently, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire did a survey of inflation pressure on the dual tire assemblies of emergency medical service vehicles. Here’s what they found that about 39 percent of the tires couldnt be checked at all, because valve stems were inaccessible! They didn’t know if inflation was correct or not. Worse, even if one of these tires needed air, there was no way to add any. Some vehicles had extension hoses, so at least we could check them. Nevertheless, results were pretty grim. Nearly 2/3rds of those tires were underinflated by at least 20 psi. Thats dangerously low. Since the manufacturers specification is 80 psi, these tires were 25 percent underinflated.Getting SERIOUS about equipment preparedness can be done at any level… without any bs. It clearly is ONE AREA that a FIRE Officer can show their LEADERSHIP abilities and DEMONSTRATING WHY this stuff is so important..or the officer can just go back and hide in their office. It all depends on HOW SERIOUS WE ARE ABOUT THE JOB and EVERYONE coming home safely.