By Chad Nesbitt
Asheville – On Thursday, January 17th, Asheville’s most expensive firetruck was in an accident. The vehicle, called a Tractor Drawn Aerial (TDA), costs the taxpayers $1.255 million. The accident occurred in the Asheville Mall parking lot.
Asheville Fire Department spokesperson Kelley Klope said, “While driving the Tractor Drawn Aerial in an open parking lot, the front corner of the driver side trailer came in contact with the driver’s side locker compartment on the tractor creating a jackknife accident.” Klope said the damage to the truck was, “$90,727.00”.
TDA’s are approximately 65 feet long and requires 3 firefighters to operate. The truck has steering on both ends of the truck. FireRescue.com says the pros to a TDA are, They are suitable for “Older, narrow streets; Maze-like apartment complexes and office campuses; and Single-family dwelling subdivisions (where every street seems to end in a cul-de-sac).”
The cons to a TDA are the need for a third firefighter to operate the tiller and is considered a negative factor by those departments facing staffing shortages. FireRescue also says it takes longer for the third firefighter to get “their safety protection on.”