Fire Truck Dimensions

Fire trucks otherwise known as fire appliances are an essential equipment in any community or neighborhood as these are equipped with special fire-fighting tools to put out small to large-scale fires.

Oftentimes, these are also used in building constructions plus a good number of emergencies where heavy-duty vehicles are needed.

Fire truck dimensions are such that these can travel through roads easily and at the same time are large enough to carry all the essential equipment necessary for fire emergencies, among other things.

Fire Truck Dimensions

Generally, you can find fire trucks in dimensions of 11.72 meters in length by 3.83 meters in height by 2.50 meters in width; with a wheelbase of 5.375 meters.

These dimensions are just right to fit into the allotted spaces in fire departments for their fire vehicles and large enough to carry all the necessary equipment needed for the emergency, plus the firefighters.

In the United Kingdom, the maximum allowable width of a fire truck is 2.55 meters minus the wing mirrors. The height is approximately 4 meters while the length is about 8.50 meters.

Fire trucks have storage compartments for the firefighters’ tools i.e. axes and saws, fans and protective coverings for furniture and other items so these won’t get soaked in water as the fire is being hosed down.

Fire Tuck Trivia

1. Every wonder why most fire trucks are red? The most common color for a fire truck is red. There are several stories surrounding as to the reason why fire trucks were first painted red during the olden days.

Some say that fire brigades are really proud of their trucks and they want these to be as polished and expensive-looking as possible to drown out the competition. Red being an expensive vehicle paint color, it was chosen by most fire brigades.

Another story claims that fire trucks were first painted red back in the 1920s; that time when most cars on the street were colored black. To allow the fire truck to stand out among all the black vehicles on the road, red was picked-out.

2. A fire that is “Under Control” means that the fire has been managed and has no more tendencies to spread. A fire that is “Out” means that the fire has been completely extinguished.

3. In a long fire truck, there is a “Tillerman’s Cab.” There is a steering wheel inside this cab that another person operates to help the back portion of the truck to go around curves and corners more easily.

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