21-Year-Old Tower Ladder Catches Fire on Honolulu (HI) Highway

Hawaii firefighters are raising questions about the condition of the city’s fire trucks after a tower ladder truck caught fire on Friday.

Tower 40, built in 2002, was traveling on the H2 Freeway on Friday night when the driver noticed it had caught on fire.

The truck was scheduled for maintenance at the time of the fire, and firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Robert Lee, president of the firefighters association, told KITV, “That fire truck determines not just the safety of the crew but how efficient and effective we can be at the scene. There is nothing more important than the truck.

Honolulu Fire Department said it has a robust apparatus replacement program and 62 percent of the island’s trucks have been replaced in the last 12 years, KITV reported.