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Video: No, this Maryland Fire Truck is NOT “Drifting”

Date: 2015-11-23
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From a story posted at Statter911.com

A video posted to YouTube (at right; click to watch) showing a Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Truck responding through an intersection has gained more than half a million views since Friday.  The video, along with several other views and versions, has gone viral on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites.  Gawkers are amazed at the sideways motion of Montgomery County’s Fire & Rescue Truck 734 as it maneuvers through traffic southbound on Route 355 through the Middlebrook Road intersection.  Posters are excited about seeing a fire truck “drifting,” in the parlance of the motorsport of oversteering to allow a vehicle to skid (“drift”) while under control at high speed through a curve.

What these viewers and posters and sharers don’t understand is that Montgomery County’s Truck 734 is a tiller aerial truck, which has steering on both front and rear axles.  In addition to the driver in the forward cab, there is a second in the back of the tiller steering the rear wheels, allowing the truck to move laterally and this maneuver through heavy traffic and narrow streets.

A number of firefighters and other tiller-aware educators trying gently to explain the concept of tillering the rig, and that, honestly, fire trucks do not “drift.”  Well, perhaps not until the next FAST & FURIOUS movie, and even then, certainly not with a articulated rig like this one...!

See the full story at statter911.com

For a good demonstration video of the turning capabilities of a tiller truck, see the first part of this video about Pierce’s tiller for the Pacific Grove (Utah) FD. 

See more videos relevant to emergency response and public safety communications on our VIDEOS page

People, Places & Things/via Statter911.com (Nov. 23, 2015)

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