Fire engines are heavy machines, which must transport water tanks, complex fire equipment, and at least four firefighters to the fire scene. Firetruck manufacturers must obey and adopt the fire department access requirements, such as The International Fire Code (IFC), which is also the most adopted code in the USA. Volkan Fire is a specialized and qualified fire truck producer Turkey, which respects quality, health and safety regulations and whose fire trucks are second to none.
Apparatus access requirements
The theory behind the configuration requirements refers to the fact that a fire truck must be able to get as close as possible to a building or any other affected area to access fire hydrants, fire department connections to extinguish the fires and evacuate victims effectively. Aerial ladder operations must also be taken into consideration in narrow areas, as firefighters are required to extinguish the fires from a height very often. Every fire truck producer must obey the fire regulations and the requirements of the official fire code.
Fire engines and narrow streets
Fire engines are large and heavy machines. The average fire truck weight is 11 tonnes on a single steering axle, 15 tones on a single drive axle and 28 tones on a tandem axle. The dimensions of the narrowest road should be as follows: at least 6 meters width and at least 4 meters vertical clearance. However, the code permits small modifications in access requirements. Besides the road dimensions, there are also many other requirements such as design for all-weather surface, have a turning radius which permits the engine to negotiate any turns, have no dead ends bigger than 45 meters without turn-around, have grades specified in the official fire code and have angles of approach and departure in lines with the fire code.