It’s Easy Being Green

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JWA welcomed Crash 2, our newest Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle in a dedication ceremony with Orange County Fire Authority on March 29, 2018.

When thinking of a fire engine, red is the traditional color that most people envision. However, did you know that depending on the fire department or area where you live, fire engines can be painted black, white, blue, purple or lime-yellow?

JWA’s brand new state-of-the-art Oshkosh Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) “Crash 2” vehicle sports a vibrant lime-yellow color, along with the required reflective stripes.  This is for good reason too. Research points to the conclusion that lime-yellow fire vehicles are safer than red. Studies indicate that people are most sensitive to greenish-yellow colors in dusk or low-light conditions. In addition, fluorescent colors, such as orange and lime-green or lime-yellow, are most easily seen during daylight.

JWA’s newest addition of the lime-yellow Striker is bright, effective and designed to protect more than 10 million annual passengers in the event of an emergency. “Safety and security are critical to our mission at John Wayne Airport, protecting lives and property on and around the airfield,” said Airport Director, Barry Rondinella.

Together with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), who provide firefighting and rescue services at John Wayne Airport on a 24/7 basis, JWA introduced the new vehicle on March 29, 2018 with a demonstration of its powerful capabilities. Check out the video here: http://www.ocair.com/newsroom/news/?nr=nr-2018-03-29&tr=no .

The next time you see a fire engine, note the color; is it traditional red or a fluorescent eye-catching lime-yellow?