Generically, a “truck” could be almost any vehicle used by the fire department, but the term has become specialized over the years. Originally, “engine” referred exclusively to “pump”, the important tool for getting water to a fire. Today, “fire engines” are those vehicles of the fire department that pump water.
What’s the most expensive fire truck?
Of course, the biggest (and likely most expensive) firetruck in the world was created by a company in Dubai. The vehicle in question, dubbed the Falcon 8×8, is an eight-wheeled fiberglass behemoth that boasts around 900 horsepower.
Who drives the fire engine?
Driver engineers (also called chauffeurs or driver operators), who are the primary operator of the fire apparatus, need to be competent and experienced as they safely respond and navigate these large vehicles to emergency calls. Driver engineers must get through fire department specific driver training programs.