Bad brakes on Memphis fire truck causes accident at scene of fire

Though it was inspected hours before answering an emergency call, a fire truck in Memphis crashed through a fence and a concrete barrier at the scene of a fire.

According to, the fire truck was 20 years old and is part of a problem that emphasizes the needs of the Memphis fire department.

“Certainly we have an aging fleet,” said Joe Norman of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association. “It’s worn out, beat down and over time responding to emergencies, it needs to be replaced.”

Many of the back-up fire trucks have an expired shelf life, with some being more than 30 years old, the story said.

“It is fortunate the fence was there,” Norman said. “Otherwise, who knows what could have occurred.”