Bad Brakes Caused Memphis (TN) Fire Apparatus Crash

Bad brakes sent a Memphis fire truck across a parking lot and into a fence during an apartment complex fire Friday, reports WREG Memphis.

Fire Director Alvin Benson said the truck was inspected by the driver hours before, but there was nothing noticeably wrong with it.

He said the truck is a back-up. The newer engine was in the repair shop.

“It is an older piece. We have some equipment that dates back to the later 70s,” said Benson.

Benson said a hundred trucks are needed to serve Memphis, but they only get a couple of new trucks a year because of the cost. That’s why the older trucks have to be used.

“Certainly, we have an aging fleet.  It’s worn out, beat down and over time responding to emergencies, it needs to be replaced,” said Joe Norman.

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