The P-23 Crash Truck is a larger version of the P-19 ARFF truck and has a larger fire suppression agent capacity. It is primarily assigned at transport, bomber, depot and cargo aircraft bases.
Between 1994 and 1996 Teledyne Emergency-One (E-One) manufactured 250 P-23 8x8 ARFF vehicles with a 3,300 gal. tank, 248 of which were sold to the United States Air Force. The USAF became aware of numerous instances of cracked P-23 cast iron hub assemblies and began monitoring these cracks in late 1996 and early 1997. In March 1998, the USAF issued a "restriction notice" for all P-23 vehicles, restricting P-23 vehicles to speeds no greater than 30 miles per hour (mph) during emergency operations, and no greater than 15 mph for all nonemergency operations. Several attempts were made to upgrade the hub assemblies, but failures continued to occur.
A second USAF procurement of P-23 model trucks turned to Oshkosh in 1999. Although a different truck, the 3000 gallon Oshkosh P-23 ARFF trucks are also designated P-23.
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P-23 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)
Teledyne Emergency-One (E-One) P-23 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF).
USAF Firefighters and Teledyne Emergency-One (E-One) P-23 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) assigned to the 82nd Civil Engineering Squadron conduct training at the fire pit on Sheppard Air Force Base, TX, 19 June 2002.
Oshkosh P-23 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) with firefighters assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, NATO parallel taxiway, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, 28 Feb 2003.