Why are fire trucks red?


Why are fire trucks red?

Questions truck colours and offers some answers - maybe?

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Truck Colours - what is out there?

Started by Mark Montgomery. Last reply by Chris Sterling May 3, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by firechief911 on July 3, 2009 at 11:06pm
why are fire trucks red cause they would'nt look good pink
Comment by Chris Sterling on May 3, 2009 at 8:54am

What? Fire trucks are red? I did not know that!! haha
Comment by Dave on May 3, 2009 at 1:38am
man..you guys have got it all wrong.. its all because red goes faster.. lmfao :D
Comment by Gary Walker on April 5, 2009 at 3:37am
Hi Tony, Yes I think the silver over metalic blue looks pretty cool too. Do you have a larger photo of the Sutphen?
Comment by Mike Lintz on April 5, 2009 at 2:46am
Fire trucks are red because of tradition. back in the early days of the fire service red was the most expensive color and showed great pride in you dept
Comment by Tony Leonard,Jr. on January 7, 2009 at 2:39pm
When I was Young I was born during the Lime-Yellow movement here in the US,but the majority of companies had red trucks with a few execptions,such as Yellow and white,in 1985 a different color was chosen for our trucks from the regular red & white.Many stories,or excuses have come my way over the years,but the color ended up being Shapphire Metal Flake BLUE capped with Silver Metal Flake.An yes it is different,totally but our company has become known for it and there have been only 4 in Erie County ,N.Y.there is a link to our website on my profile to view them and i think most of you can agree that while really different it looks pretty cool.More opver our 1st fire truck was a 1928 Sanford/Buffalo pumper painted Grey with Blue or red fenders & running boards.Also working at a local engine plant i've seen many other strange but true colors includeeing ,PINK,PURPLE,BLACK,ORANGE,TEAL & MAROON.To name a few
Comment by Ittywah on December 15, 2008 at 10:40am
Ever since I was a child...(at the age 0f 4 I loved seeing and hearing Fire Trucks) Fire Trucks have been RED. A nice medium dark red, the color of fine red wine. In my mind and I would think in the minds of most, RED is the color that is thought of when you say "FIRE" and therefore RED is a "NATURAL" when it comes to the color of fire trucks. If fire trucks are White... people think of vehicles belonging to the sanitation department, hospital, or ambulance. If a fire trucks are Yellow.... that brings to mind "School Bus", road crew or some other road related vehicle..... BETTER KEEP THEM "RED" cause thats the color a fire truck should be.
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Comment by Mark Montgomery on October 30, 2008 at 3:25am
Our new truck, supposedly being delivered next month with be rural fire Yellow
Comment by Bob Allard on October 18, 2008 at 4:57pm
RED stands out of all colors, as DANGER, don't know guessing

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