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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.
P-23 Truck, Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)