NFPA 1901's Annex D addresses the issues involved
in all-too-common aging fire apparatus in the United States, especially
those built before the 1991 edition of the standard.
About 40,000 (more than 50%) of fire apparatus in
service in fire departments across the United States today were built
prior to the 1991 edition of NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire
Apparatus, which incorporated a number of significant safety features
for fire trucks.
Of those 40,000 fire apparatus, 10,000 units are
more than 30 years old, 17,000 are from 20 to 29 years old and 13,000
units are 15 to 19 years old, according to the National Fire Protection
Annex D is designed to help fire departments
address the problem of older vehicles that do not incorporate current
safety features and standards.
Additionally, Annex D provides a document that
departments can use to convince taxpayers to purchase newer apparatus.
Every vehicle has a finite life. After many years of service, a vehicle
starts to require more maintenance, parts get harder to find, and its
performance begins to decline when compared to newer vehicles.
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