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NFPA 1901 Supplement, Annex D

  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 Association.

  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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