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Designing for that BIG RED Truck – Fire Access in Austin
What are the City of Austin standards for emergency access?
A fire engine is one of the largest vehicles we see on the road today. Your typical tanker can run 25 to 35 feet in length while a ladder truck can reach 40+ bumper to bumper. With that extreme wheel base, municipalities like the City of Austin set specific design standards so these emergency vehicles can maneuver as quickly as possible. Some of these requirements include drive aisle width, curb radii, fire hydrant placement, specific turnaround design, and fire lane marking, all of which can be found here in the City of Austin municipal code.
The City of Austin adheres to the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code. With that, you will find a number of approved turnaround designs detailing (minimum) specifications. For fire truck access with a dead end, one design solution is the 120 foot hammerhead.
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