Leadership

7,240 Pieces of New Apparatus Needed by Fire Service

Issue 9 and Volume 92.

7,240 Pieces of New Apparatus Needed by Fire Service Nearly Half of Units Now in Service are Obsolete, Though Some Serviceable TODAY, replacement of 7,240 pieces of apparatus is sorely needed by American fire departments. They have gone beyond the period of obsolescence; they have reached the point where they fail to function. They are constant repair shop customers, entirely unworthy of fire duty; and yet they still must be used. A survey made three years ago by FIRE ENGINEERING showed that at that time approximately forty per cent of fire apparatus in use was obsolete. Since then approximately 2,700 pieces of apparatus have been purchased and installed while 3,000 additional pieces have reached the point where they should be discarded. On the basis of twenty-five years as the very maximum life of the best of machines, 1,600 fire engines and ladder trucks need replacement each year. This rate will…

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