FIRE APPARATUS

AMAZING VEHICLES THAT DO AMAZING JOBS

LAFD FIRE ENGINE

THE WORK HORSE OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

 
Fire engines typically carry firefighters, hose, water, ladders, and basic EMS gear. Some fire engines carry ALS equipment if staffed by at least one paramedic. Some places call a fire engine a fire truck, fire apparatus, fire rig, or fire appliance. In California, a fire engine is different from a fire truck or ladder truck – those apparatus typically do not carry water, water pumps, or hoses. 
 
The primary purpose of a fire engine it to bring firefighters to the scene of a fire, medical emergency, rescue, or accident, and the equipment they’ll need to render aid. A typical modern fire engine will carry tools for a wide range of firefighting and rescue tasks, with common equipment including ladders, self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilating equipment, first aid kits, and hydraulic rescue tools.
 
The fire engine you see in the photograph is the most common type found in towns and cities. This is called a Type 1 fire engine. There are other types of fire engines as well, typically centered around wildfire operations. To learn more about them, see the links to the right, or visit this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildland_fire_engine
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