Usually firefighters are sent to rescue things from tall heights, not put them there themselves. Behold! One flying Trabant.
The point of having a fire department in every town is partly to decrease the amount of time the fire truck has to travel to put out the fire. And then you have this truck, which traveled 3,700 miles to another country to help it fight its fires.
The Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker can put out fires just about anywhere, carrying 19,200 gallons of fire suppressant at close to 600 MPH. It’s a heroic beast to behold, and now you can climb all over the entire thing with this complete and controllable virtual walkthrough.
Michael “Smitty” Smith is credited with more than 42 years of service with the Houston, Texas fire department, and started a well-deserved retirement in June. But when he saw his old crew battling a three-alarm blaze on TV news, he suited up one last time and stepped in to help.
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.
The town of Chelan in central Washington state is currently under evacuation orders as wildfires sparked by lightning prove difficult to contain. But that didn’t stop KOMO News photographer Eric Jensen from getting this amazing shot of a 10 Tanker Air Carrier DC-10 making a drop directly over his head.
All different kinds of aircraft that have been used to fight fires, from tiny Air Boss tankers to the oversized Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter. But the biggest and baddest of them all was the Evergreen Supertanker, a modified 747 that has recently been sidelined due to financial woes. A new company plans to change…
Russia’s innovative “Special Firefighting Vehicle” is being thrust into operation with the Russian Army. It will supposedly go where no fire truck or human can and will be assigned missions including everything from search and rescue, to putting out fires at weapons depots, to creating fire-lines for forest fire…
WXYZ Detroit has a helicopter circling highway I-94 near Dearborn, Michigan right now and it's streaming live video of the most hellacious conflagration I've ever seen. A tanker truck reportedly hit a car and exploded at around 11:00AM EST, taking several smaller vehicles with it.
My alarm had already gone off three times by 1AM. "Smokey odor," was elevated to "smoke showing," and finally "structure fire in progress." When my station, almost ten miles from the scene, was called to action I knew it was gonna be a long night.
It's exceedingly difficult to become a professional firefighter. But in Los Angeles County, it seems one insurmountable hurdle may be standing between hundreds of would-be applicants before they're even allowed to attempt rigorous entrance exams: nepotism.
In case you needed a reminder to *not* drive around with fire in your car; check out the complete obliteration wrought on this Ford Fusion when it was left unattended with a burning candle inside at a gas station.
The crash of a Cal Fire tanker plane on Tuesday afternoon has added to the tragedy of this year's wildfires in Yosemite National Park. The Grumman S-2T went down while fighting the Dog Rock fire, near Arch Rock, killing the pilot.
This is the Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck, a 1940 Ford strapped to a General Electric J-85 after-burning turbo jet engine. Here's what it looks like charging toward you at full-tilt.
Last week firefighters in Texas spent ages using water, elbow grease, real grease, and finally a Sawzall to free a wayward dog who'd wedged its head through the center of a car wheel. This also happened in Fresno not that long ago. Dogs, get it together already!
Two Kentucky firefighters were seriously injured yesterday trying to help the Campbellsville University marching band pull off a big Ice Bucket Challenge stunt, when the aerial ladder they were running was electrified by power lines.
In my fire department, I'm proud to say officers stress safety above all else. They're constantly reminding us to work smooth and never sacrifice safety for speed. But this hasn't been instilled in the mind of every probationary member yet. That's why we train, and why I almost lost my head to a hose coupling.
As thousands of firefighters mobilize in Northern California to battle out-of-control wildfires, sometimes the requirements of the job necessitate that you actually drive through the fire itself. And when you do that, it looks like Dante's Inferno.
#65: "The name on your helmet represents who you work for. The name on your coat represents who raised you. Do them both justice."