Why are Fire trucks Red ?
Why are Fire trucks Red?
It may sound silly but there are many stories on how fire trucks got their colors. But the most logical and accepted theory is that, red is easy to recognize and people are used to seeing red fire trucks since early days.
Competitions on who are the best firefighters around, was not all about fire fighting. Uniforms and the vehicles were kept clean and in order. The color of the vehicle also symbolizes its position and importance. Red was considered the most expensive color and fire brigades want their own trucks to be more popular than the rest. So they accepted red as their primary color and it makes them stand out from the rest.
New Fire Trucks
In the past couple of years, we have received delivery of 4 new vehicles.
A Ford F-150 Beach Rescue Vehicle #596 and a Ford F-250 support truck #594. Truck #596 paid for out of our generous donations and butt roasts. It has been used extensively for transport from the beach to the ambulance, and as a quick response and basic life support vehicle.
We also received our new E-One 50' Teleboom aerial pumper #591. This is permanently positioned at Station#2 and is availble for use 24/7.
Finally, we have just received delivery of the new Ford F-450 Brush Truck #597. The chassis was paid for out of donations received and the build was paid for from part of a State Grant received by the Fire Control District.
Click here for pictures of these new trucks.
A Really Big Thank You
Major grants and donations have been received from the T Douglas Hale Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation and The Miller Charitable Foundation Inc. as well as other amounts received from local businesses, organizations and individuals.
Lionfish are showing up in our coastal waters. These fish have long venomous dorsal spines. A lionfish sting is extremely painful and in rare cases can cause an allerigic reaction with breathing difficulties. Heat breaks down the venom, so the affected area should be soaed in hot, not scalding, water for 20 to 30 minutes. Seek medical attention to prevent infection and monitor for serious adverse reactions (from Rifle & Rod magazine, Fall 2013).
Should you encounter a lionfish in our waters, you are requested to report the sighting at http://nas.er.usgs.gov/sightingreport.aspx.
By the way, lionfish are very good to eat, having delicate white meat with no fishy flavor.