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    I was just wondering as to what color fire truck you prefer? Red, yellow etc. I'm a traditionalist and like Red fire trucks also that's my favorite color, Fire Engine Red to be exact. There is no right or wrong color I just wanted to know what color you liked.

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    I have to go with what my department runs, white over red. I really like white over blue with a gold and white FDNY style stripe. Red over Whites nice too.

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    • #3
      It has to be slime green!!

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      • #4
        I like the old days when my city ran with red bodies w/ white cabs. Now the entire apparatus is red. It looks good with the new gold trim, but I still like the white cabs.

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        • #5
          White with blue and gold reflective stripes.

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          **The preceding comments in no way represent the views of my department, its members, or associations that it may belong to.**

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          • #6
            Gotta go with all red with a white reflective stripe. Who ever decided fire trucks needed to be SLIME GREEN needs their head examined

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            • #7
              Fire Engine Red! But seriously, does anyone know why there are different colors of trucks out there, what do they represent if anything, probably just a preference....

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              • #8
                I have to say I like all Red rigs. The white over red doesn't do much for me. The black over red in Chicago adn New Jersey areas looks better than white over red.

                Green has to go. Honolulu's all yellow rigs are a pretty nice looking bunch.

                We also have a dept. near me that has all white rigs with a red reflective stripe. They really do look pretty awesome the way they are all done up.

                I heard a story that red apparatus came from the old, old days when all the fire departments tried to compete with each other for the best, most decorative rigs. Red pigment was teh most difficult and expensive pigment to make and everyone knew it so a lot fo departments had their rigs painted red to show off pride and everything and now it has just carried over through the years.

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                • #9
                  Got to go with all red, same color red painted wheels - the classic fire truck. Agree with a few others on the all bright yellow rigs; they look sharp too. No two-tone for me.

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                  • #10
                    The department runs the "slime green" on all the apparatus.

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                    • #11
                      Hey, firerebel, The differnce in color is usually just preference, but I know a lot of cities, including the Almighty New Yawk and my hometown of Youngstown gave "slime lime" a try in the early 1980's. NYC's study was to see if it increased people's awareness of the engine on calls, and en-route, and to see if it would decress accidents. After 6 months, i think, the study proved nothing. They opnly ran it on a couple of engines, but within 2 years, they were all back to red.

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                      • #12
                        Rainbow! 2 red, 2 slime green, 2 white. Like most departments in the late 70s early 80s we went to slime green, our newer engines are RED!! Our home built tenders have white cabs and grey tanks.

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                        • #13
                          MY COMPANY RUNS WHITE CABS OVER RED BODIES, WITH GOLDLEAFING. I PREFER BLACK CABS OVER RED BODIES WITH GOLDLEAFING, BUT SINCE RED IS THE HARDEST COLOR TO SEE AT NIGHT, I GUESS SLIME GREEN IS THE SAFEST.

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                          • #14
                            I did some research in college, great thing about being a history major, you could make a 25 page history of firefighting. The color "slime green" came out in the '70's cause it would be more visible. In most cases it was causeing more accidents, people were starring at the huge green thing in amazement. (probully cause it was so ugly).

                            Anyways, red is the best way to go. Red with white is great, I like the red and black (seen it up close a few times). I also used to ride around on a '71 Hahn, open air cab, it was all white. One of my personal favorite piece of apparatus ever.

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                            • #15
                              RED

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