Published on Jul 19, 2018

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A fire engine (also known in some areas as a fire truck or a fire appliance) is a vehicle intended primarily for fire fighting operations. The terms “fire engine” and “fire truck” are often used interchangeably; but in some fire departments/fire services they relate to separate and specific types of vehicles.

The main objectives of the fire engine include transportation firefighters to the incident scene, providing water with which to fight a fire and transferring other equipment needed by firefighters. They can also be used for various other applications, such as emergency medical services and rescue from situations other than fires. A typical modern vehicle will have tools for a wide range of firefighting and rescue operations with common equipment, including stairs, hoses, self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilation equipment, first aid kits and hydraulic rescue equipment.

Many fire engine are based on standard vehicle models (although some parts can be upgraded in accordance with the requirements of the use of vehicles). They are usually equipped with sound and visual warnings, as well as communication equipment, such as two-way radios and mobile computer technologies.


A standard fire engine is a device designed primarily to extinguish a fire. The main purpose of the engine is to transport firefighters to the scene, providing a limited amount of water to fight the fire, as well as carrying the tools, equipment and hoses required by firefighters. The tools used on the fire engine will vary significantly, depending on many factors, including the size of the department and the site to be dealt with. For example, offices located near large water bodies or rivers are likely to have some kind of rescue equipment. Standard tools found on almost all fire engines include stairs, hydraulic rescue tools (often called life sponges), projectors, fire engine, fire extinguishers, self-contained breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras.

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