There is an old story about a little girl who called the emergency because her house was on fire. When the dispatcher asked how to get to her house, she answered: “Duh, with the big red fire truck!” As funny as this may be, the reason why fire trucks are red is still wrapped in mystery. There are a few controversial and opposite theories, but the real shock comes from the new studies, which have shown that red is not the safest color to paint a fire engine.
Theories about the color red
What do we know so far about the reason why red is the conventional color for fire apparatus? Well, when the first fire departments were established, they were composed of unpaid volunteers. There are two opposite theories: one says that red was the cheapest color back then, so the firefighter had no choice but use it for painting their vehicles. The other one states that red was the more expensive color, so some fire departments chose it as a state of pride. A more plausible theory says the first fire truck manufacturers paint the trucks in red because at that time Ford Company was producing only black cars, so the emergency vehicles had to stand out of the crowd.
What is the safest color to use?
Recent studies have brought to light that lime-yellow is the most visible color during the day and in dim conditions as well. Many fire departments have started painting their trucks yellow since the early 1970s. As a well-known fire truck producer, we offer a range variety of colors for our fire apparatuses. Volkan Fire is a modern fire truck producer Turkey, with a portfolio rich in many types of fire trucks such as pumpers, wildland trucks, squints, heavy rescue vehicles, and aerial apparatus.