Four-Wheel Brakes

Issue 4 and Volume 87.

Four-Wheel Brakes Opinions of fire apparatus manufacturers concerning the practicability of changing braking equipment on fire department apparatus from two to four wheel brakes. Some advise against the change. THE question of four-wheel brakes for fire trucks was discussed at the convention of the International Association of Fire Chiefs held last year. A speaker, it is reported, stated that it would cost about $4,000 to change an old type apparatus over to fourwheel brakes. A Chief writes, “We have installed B.K. vacuum brakes on several of our pumpers. Of course this leaves all our braking power on the two rear wheels as before. The cost of installation was very small compared with the added efficient braking power. Can you tell me whether there is any reason this type of brake should not be installed on a fire apparatus, in particular, a pumping machine?” This problem was submitted to the leading…

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