April 2, 2024

Seattle (WA) Fire Truck Fleet Deteriorating Faster Than Repairs Can Keep Up

Apr. 1—In 2022, firefighters aboard one of the Seattle Fire Department’s ladder trucks noticed something felt funny in the vehicle’s articulation. When maintenance crews took a closer look, they saw the fifth wheel bearing — a tree-trunk-sized metal disc that allows the long trucks to bend in half around tight city curves — had not...
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