Red may be the traditional color of fire engines, but human factors and ergonomics research finds that lime-yellow fire vehicles are less likely to be involved in accidents.
Why are Hawaii’s fire trucks yellow?
In Hawai’i, it was discovered that the yellow paint doesn’t fade anywhere near as fast as red does, so that’s even better. They discovered that this particular color has the greatest visibility, almost flourescent in some lighting conditions and more identifiable in all light.
What do yellow fire trucks mean?
Lime-yellow color as related to reduction of serious fire apparatus accidents: The case for visibility in emergency vehicle accident avoidance.
What is yellow fire?
Yellow flames such as those from a campfire or candle, come from the burning of relatively “dirty” fuels, in the sense that the fuel is not completely converted into carbon dioxide and water, but leaves little bits of unburned carbon. Those bits of carbon get hot and glow, making the yellow light that you see.
Why do Chicago Fire trucks have black roofs?
This tradition dates back to the late 1920s and started more or less accidentally when the CFD purchased 28 Ford model “A” Battalion Chief cars. The rigs came equipped with a black tar coated roofs which could not be painted red as the rest of the cars and had to be left in their original color.