Friday, December 21, 2018

Why is a fire truck red?

From: Jimmy T.
Sent: December 21, 2018
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: Why is a fire truck red?




I have always wondered why a fire truck is red? I have noticed in other states and counties they are yellow fire trucks as well. Any information is appreciated, thanks ~Jimmy.

Okay Jimmy let's figure out why fire trucks are red.

After researching the Interwebs for an answer I’ve seemed to have stumbled on a common theory that red was chosen because red seems to be the one color that would allow the trucks to stand out amongst other vehicles on the road. During 1900’s Ford vehicles were only painted in black and it seems to make sense that something in a bright red color would indeed stand out.

Why are some fire trucks not red?

After many studies by government agencies it appears that the color red is really not a good color for emergency vehicles. Apparently red does not stand out as well in darkness. The color that did stand out was a lime-yellow and many countries have adopted this color.

Paint color may not really matter according to a 2009 U.S. Fire Administration study that looked at how to reduce morbidity and mortality of first responders operating on U.S. roadways. While the study mentions Solomon's research and the validity of lime-yellow being an easy color for the human eye to discern, USFA researchers concluded that the paint color was not important.

Are you interested in some more “Fire Engine” factoids? Keep reading.


Is there a difference between a fire truck and a fire engine?

Fire engines, or pumpers, carry hose, tools, and pump water. The engine can also carry ladders, but they are set up by the fire fighters and can be carried around. Key components of a fire engine include: Water tank (usually 500-750 gallons)
Know the Difference Between Fire Trucks and Fire Engines? | Fire Blog
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/275933

What are the different types of fire trucks?

Types Of Fire Trucks:
Conventional Fire Engine. The conventional fire engine which is also called as a fire tender, fire appliance, fire apparatus, water ladder, or pump-ladder has various methods of pumping water on the fire.

Airport Crash Tender.

Turntable Ladder.

Command Support Unit.

Tower Ladder.

Hydraulic Platform.

Tanker Truck.

Types Of Fire Trucks - Heavy Duty Direct
https://www.heavydutydirect.ca/types-of-fire-trucks/

Does a fire truck carry water?

On this pumper/tanker fire engine, the primary water tank is inside the vehicle, it holds 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of water and it runs down the center in the rear of the truck. A drop tank is like a big aboveground pool that can hold about 2,000 gallons of water.
Pump It Up - How Fire Engines Work | HowStuffWorks
https://science.howstuffworks.com/transport/engines-equipment/fire-engine1.htm

How many firefighters are in a truck?

The national standard, set by the NFPA for public safety, is a minimum of FOUR firefighters. In Marin, many fire engines have only two firefighters. Of the 35 fire engines on duty daily in Marin, not one meets the NFPA minimum of four firefighters, and only a handful even have three firefighters at any given time.
How Many Firefighters? - Marin Professional Firefighters: IAFF Local ...
https://www.iaff1775.org/how-many-firefighters


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