Tools & Technologies: Targeting Fire Department Tanker Stability and Safety

It’s no secret that fire tankers and tenders are at a higher risk of rollover than any other fire apparatus on the road today. Heavily loaded tankers with higher centers of gravity, short wheelbases and sometimes poorly converted gross vehicle weight...


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Improved maintenance and inspection routines play a key role in improving tanker and tender safety. Chiefs and municipalities need to look at their tanker and tender expenditures and realize that these specialized fire apparatus may not be the best place to cut costs – because their firefighters’ lives are on the line each time a tanker or tender leaves the firehouse to answer the call. n