I recently visited Charleston, South Carolina, so I could finish my latest book. While I was there, I visited Charleston Cars and Coffee and encountered a six-wheeled Land Rover Defender fire truck. It was at that moment when I realized I would have to finish my book later.
It’s a tank! It’s a train! It looks a little like both, but the Omsktransmash СПМ is actually a 60-ton fire fighting vehicle. You know, for when something like a warehouse full of explosives goes up in flames. No, really, that’s this machine’s primary mission designation.
The Hope Technik LF5G “Red Rhino” is based off a Chevy Colorado-cousin Isuzu D-Max, but with no doors and a giant water pump on the back it looks a whole lot cooler. And you thought you crammed a lot of accessories onto you Ranger back in high school.
The Bulldog 4x4 Extreme Firefighting Brush Truck can carry 2,000 gallons of water or foam way the heck off the beaten path, and then blast it onto a blaze without anybody getting out of the cab. And visually, it’s pretty much the rolling incarnation of your childhood vehicular dreams.
A firetruck somehow crashed into a helicopter in Santiago, Chile today, splitting the chopper in two and sending it into an out-of-control spin until it exploded.
Though they may look identical in every way and no way at all whatsoever, Germany and Canada are in fact VERY different countries. Don't believe me? Okay first, that's weird, they are definitely not the same place, but second, here's how their respective fire departments respond to obstacles in their path.
So there you are, just another day driving the golf cart around your sunny Florida community when a heavy rescue rig comes barreling around the corner running full lights and... is that an ice cream truck song?
In Montreal, the fire department doesn't screw around.
So I was bored on a Friday night, and I saw an ad in the paper for some sort of firefighting competition at a local firehall. I'd previously noticed that this firehall had what appeared to be a drag strip on the premesis, so for the $4 admission fee I went to check it out. Here's what I found:
Early this morning a Freightliner fire truck hit some barriers and flipped over en route to an apartment fire in Flemington, Australia. But I had to watch this newscast three times to figure it out, and not just because I had to look up what "bollard" means.
The E-One Titan Force fire truck is one of the fastest in the fleet, and can spray 25 gallons of water per second from its pair of front-mounted turrets. Then again, a Marine welding an M-9 flamethrower can unleash a 3,500ºF rail of inferno with the push of a button. Which device will establish dominance?
Inshriach House is a charmingly picturesque Edwardian country estate hotel of Scotland. Activities include axe throwing, sitting by the fire with tea, and now sleeping in the "Beer Moth"— a 1954 Commer fire truck converted into luxurious camping for two.
Dave Gross aka "Dr. Dave" of Fort Wayne, Indiana's Fun 107.1 FM has spent the last fourteen years casually working on a device that would allow traffic lights to change automatically for emergency responders between getting his medical degree and spinning tunes.
Feast your eyes upon what looks like a Doctor Moreau-style splicing experiment between a Tyrrell P34, Plymouth Prowler, a few GM trucks, a fire truck, an airplane, and some farm equipment.
I may have a minor obsession with realistic R/C trucks, but this group of tiny disaster response rigs working together is cute enough to melt any trucker's cholesterol-clogged heart.
A broken six-inch water main that deprived five Arlington, VA houses of water caused enough saturation below a road to sink a fire truck.
Bros everywhere will crush cans in approval when they hear Houston firefighter Craig Moreau saved a Coors truck from burning by spraying beer on the blaze.
Fire trucks are meant to scream authority. They have to, they're going to what could be a matter of life and death. What truck do you not want to see show up to save you?