Tamarac FL Changes Color on Fire Apparatus

A committee of firefighters and officials from Tamarac (FL) has decided to change the color of the city’s fire trucks.

A 78-foot ladder truck now in service is a metallic silver with red accents. Two more rescue trucks being built for more than $530,000 will also have the new colors.

Two more trucks will come after that, and eventually as the fleet is replaced, all trucks will sport the new colors.

Most trucks are, of course, still various shades of the traditional red. That includes those in Hollywood, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek, Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, Margate and North Lauderdale.
“In the olden days, there weren’t a lot of red cars, cars tended to be more muted colors,” said Ann Davison, spokeswoman for the International Association of Fire Chiefs in Virginia. So fire trucks were made red to stand out and it kind of stuck.”
But, she said, municipalities today are not only changing colors, but adding metallic reflective striping to improve nighttime visibility.
“That’s the standard now,” agreed Dawn Ruchala, spokeswoman for Pierce Manufacturing in Wisconsin, which makes fire trucks.
She said the company offers more than 500 different colors — about 100 of those are different shades of red, and almost 100 shades of white.
Boca Raton might have been a rebel in their day: In the 1970s and ’80s the trucks were lime green. In the 1990s, they became white with blue and yellow reflective accents. Most recently, the department switched to white with orange and red reflective accents.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue also made the switch from red to yellow-green in 1973, ultimately changing to its current lime, officials said. But in 2002, to honor fallen firefighters in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, two trucks at one station were reverted back to the traditional red.

Yellow and lime green were most popular in the 1990s when a study came out that said those vehicles were less likely to be involved in accidents, said Amanda Gummer, spokeswoman for E-ONE in Ocala, a fire truck manufacturing company that contracts with Tamarac.

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