Fire trucks are also known as fire engines, fire apparatus, or fire appliances. These are heavy duty trucks that are specifically designed for firefighting purposes. However, there are certain organizations that employ different types of fire trucks for various other uses including technical rescue and auto extrication. The common roles of these heavy duty trucks include transporting firefighters along with water-pressure and fire-extinguishing equipment.
Some different types of fire trucks are:
Conventional Fire Engine
The conventional fire engine which is also called as a fire tender, fire appliance, fire apparatus, water ladder, or pump-ladder has various methods of pumping water on the fire. Out of all the different methods, the most common method is to pass water from a pump through the hoses onto the fire.
Airport Crash Tender
Airport crash tenders are heavy duty trucks designed to be used at aerodromes in aircraft accidents. The features of airport crash tenders include good acceleration, large water capacity, high-capacity pump, a foam tank, and an ability to move on rough terrain outside the runway and airport area.
Turntable ladders are popular and also referred to as a special purpose aerial apparatus, and they are used to extinguish fires at a height with the use of large telescopic ladders. These are extremely useful in reaching elevated areas where the conventional ladders equipped on conventional appliances may not be able to reach.
Command Support Unit
The command support unit is beneficial as it accommodates different types of communication equipment. This command support unit is essential in managing the consequences of major incidents.
Certain turntable ladders come with a basket mounted at the top of the ladder, and these are called as tower ladders. Tower ladders offer a more secure place for firefighters from where they can operate the equipment.
A Hydraulic platform or platform truck is a specialized work platform that is designed for firefighting use. The hydraulic platform is usually mounted at the back of the firefighting trucks and this platform performs various functions. Just like the turntable ladders, they provide access to high levels and have elevated pump positions. Some hydraulic platform trucks are articulated and allow the arm to bend in multiple places which gives them the ability to reach elevated areas in different angles even if there are obstacles.
Tanker trucks are heavy duty trucks that serve the primary purpose of transporting large amounts of water at the place of an emergency for extinguishing operations. These trucks are most useful in rural areas where natural water resources are insufficient.
These are the common types of fire trucks available with the truck dealers. There are other types available too but they are not so popular. You can choose the one which you think will serve your purpose. If you are unable to make the decision, you can get in touch with our truck dealers as they can help you make the right choice.