Grand Prairie has purchased truck mounted attenuators, which are basically “crash cushions,” reports CBS DFW 21.
The nine-foot long trailers are hooked on the rear of fire engines to protect emergency crews when they are parked on roadways.
The $35,000 devices are designed to absorb the impact from vehicles that too often crash into police and fire personnel. The department purchased two of the truck mounted attenuators.
A fire official said the energy-absorbing cushions also minimize the risk to the driver who hits it.