High-Tech Tire Chains Keep Fire Trucks Safe - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

12.29.06

High-Tech Tire Chains Keep Fire Trucks Safe

The Amarillo Fire Department says it's trucks are ready to deal with the weather, thanks to automatic tire chains. 

Most of the department's primary trucks have the chains...they are stored under the tires and can be put on by simply pressing a button.
    

A motorized arm comes out from under the vehicle and spins the chains so they land under the tire as it spins.
   

The chains have been used by the department on ice and hard packed snow for more than a decade.

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