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Wildland Fire Engines Around The World

fire engines around the world

Wildfires can happen anywhere in the world, but every country has their own way of tackling this threat. This includes their wildland fire engines, which can vary vastly across the world according to different geographical needs, types of structures being protected, firefighting tactics, and additional uses. Builds, classifications, standards, and striping are all different across borders. We scoured the internet to see what our global neighbors operate to fight their countries’ wildfires, whether it were unimogs or response vehicles or offroad ATVs, and compiled a list of our most interesting finds. 

Don’t see your country represented? Email marketing@bmefire.com with your country’s wildland engine and we’ll add it to the list.

Argentina

argentina wildland unimog
Photo by Patricio, fire-engine-photos.com

Unimog 416

Operated by Bomberos Voluntarios de Pinamar
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz

Australia

Unimog Tanker

Operated by Forest Fire Management Victoria
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Water tank: 1057 gal. / 4000 L

Bavaria

HLF 10/6

Operated by the Bavarian Gmain Fire Brigade
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Water tank: 159 gal. / 600 L

Belgium

Belgium forest firefighting engine
Photo by Marcel Sloover, fire-engine-photos.com

Heusden-Zolder MAN

Used for forest firefighting and military purposes
Manufacturer: MAN
Water tank: 1585 gal. / 6000 L

Canada

Canada wildland engine
Photo by Marcel Sloover, fire-engine-photos.com

Wildlands 19

Operated by Vancouver FD
Manufacturer: HUB Fire Engines
Water tank: 250 gal. / 946 L

Chile

Forestal de Magirus

The first forest unit in Chile built by Magirus
Manufacturer: Magirus
Water tank: 793 gal. / 3000 L

China

Forest Fire Control Truck

Small tank forest fire engine
Manufacturer: Hubei Jiangnan Special Automobile Co.
Water tank: 527 gal. / 1995 L

Costa Rica

Zetros 2733 6×6

All-emergency response engine, operated by the Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz
Water tank: Includes space for portable water tank

Croatia

Croatia wildland unimog
Photo by Dino Penić, fire-engine-photos.com

Mercedes Unimog U20 TLF

Operated by the Šibenik Professional Fire Brigade
Manufacturer: Ziegler
Water tank: 660 gal. / 2500 L

France

Forest Fire Tank Truck CCF

Forest fire and civil defense engine
Manufacturer: Sides
Water tank: 1188 gal. / 4500 L

Germany

Unimog U 5023

Operated by Kirchzarten Volunteer Fire Brigade
Manufacturer: Ziegler
Water tank: 1057 gal. / 4000 L

Hungary

Hungary forestry response engine
Photo by Terry Yip, fire-engine-photos.com

Forestry Response Unimog

Operated in Kecskemet, Hungary
Manufacturer: Rosenbauer
Water tank: 713 gal. / 2700 L

India

Quick Response Vehicle

Includes hoses, water and foam tanks
Manufacturer: Brijbasi Hi-Tech Udyog ltd.
Water tank: 92–159 gal. / 350–600 L

Indonesia

Matra Municipal Fire Truck

Includes pump and roll capabilities
Manufacturer: PT. Matra Perkasa Utama
Water tank: 793–1321 gal. / 3000–5000 L

Ireland

Ford Ranger 4×4

Operated by Elphin Fire Station
Manufacturer: Sídheán Teo

Israel

Israel forest fire unit
Photo by Richard Jud, fire-engine-photos.com

Forest Fire Unit

Operated in Jerusalem
Manufacturer: MAN
Water tank: 977 gal. / 3700 Liter

Italy

ABF 5000

Forestry fire truck / civil defense engine 
Manufacturer: Chinetti
Water tank: 1321 gal. / 5000 L

Japan

Red Ladybug

Off-road rescue for quick disaster response
Manufacturer: Morita Group

Luxembourg

Unimog U 20

Operated by The Civilian Protection Authority
Manufacturer: Gimaex-Schmitz 
Water tank: 528 gal. / 2000 L

Mexico

Mexico forestry fire unit
Photo by Carlos Alberto Camarena, fire-engine-photos.com

Unidad 9 SFR Forestry Unit

Operated by Bomberos San Francisco del Rincon
Manufacturer: GMC

The Netherlands

Mercedes-Benz 4×4 U530 Unimog Forest Fire Engine

Small brush truck for grassland and bush fires
Manufacturer: Ziegler
Water tank: 793 gal. / 3000 L

New Zealand

New Zealand smokerchaser fire unit
Photo by David Miller, fire-engine-photos.com

Smokechaser Vehicle

Operated by Christchurch City Council
Manufacturer: Mazda

Norway

Norway wildland unimog
Photo by Jan Scheele, fire-engine-photos.com

Unimog 416

In service 1972-2004 in Oslo, Norway
Manufacturer: Rosenbauer
Water tank: 330 gal. / 1250 L

Portugal

Forest Firefighting Vehicle (FFFV)

For rural and forest fire response
Manufacturer: Jacinto
Water Tank: 793 gal. / 3000 L

Russia

Floating Vehicle AZ-4,0

Fire engine that doubles as a rescue boat
Manufacturer: Fire Group Ltd.
Water tank: 793 gal. / 3000 L

Slovenia

Slovenia Pivka wildfire engine
Photo by Sandi Grzetič, fire-engine-photos.com

Pivka TAM 110

Wildfire engine with space for storing handheld equipment
Manufacturer: TAM
Water tank: 449 gal. / 1700 L

South Africa

Forest Fire Engine

Built to uniquely handle African bush and forest fire suppression
Manufacturer: Kinsey Steel Industries

South Korea

Firefighting Bike

For maneuvering rough or damaged roads
Manufacturer: Nanomedics

Spain

Spain wildland forestry tank
Photo by peterlbit, fire-engine-photos.com

Forestry Tank

Operated in Cartagena, Spain
Manufacturer: Iveco
Water tank: 1849 gal. / 7000 L

Sweden

Scania XT P 370 Fire Tanker Truck

Operated by Eksjö Rescue Services
Manufacturer: Scania
Water tank: 1585 gal. / 6000 L

United Arab Emirates

Iveco 4×4 Fire Truck

Built in 1996
Manufacturer: Magirus

United Kingdom

Incident Response Unit – Land Rover

Offroad unit designed to carry firefighting and rescue equipment
Manufacturer: Angloco

United States of America

BME CAL FIRE type 3 model 34 wildland apparatus
Photo by Boise Mobile Equipment

Wildland Type 3 Model 34

Operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Manufacturer: Boise Mobile Equipment
Water tank: 500 gal. / 1893 L

Wales

Quad ATV

Operated by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Manufacturer: Polaris

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Types of Fire Engines & Water Tenders

types of fire engines

We are often asked what the main differences are among the fire engines we build. Though Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) is largely known for safe and durable wildland fire engines, we manufacture a wide range of apparatus for virtually any fire incident.

So how does the fire industry classify different types of fire engines? You may have seen our blog outlining the seven main categories of apparatus and their functions. We wanted to display this content in an easy-to-read chart that can be seen at a glance. That’s why we took the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Typing Standards chart and gave it a face lift, making it more accessible to the average viewer.

standards for types of fire engines

But firefighting vehicles don’t stop there. There are several other types of rigs that firefighters use on the line, including Water Tenders. We’ve also listed the different models and requirements for water-transporting vehicles, as defined by the NWCG Typing Standards.

At BME, we’re dedicated to providing departments with the right apparatus, whether it be a Type 3 Fire Engine, a Type 6 Brush Truck, or a Type 1 Pumper. Need something that falls outside these categories? We offer completely custom builds to meet the specific requirements of every department, like this Emergency Response Unit for Santa Fe Springs. BME builds a wide selection of apparatus to tackle any situation.

BME Safety Innovations for USFS Water Tenders

USFS Water Tenders

Safety is a critical aspect when designing any apparatus that will be operating in the urban wildland interface. Although some rigs have seating in the rear, the cab of the truck is where firefighters will spend most of their time when responding to incidents. It’s natural that many of the safety features added to protect them will be on the chassis. The initial structural change was made on the USFS Water Tenders to increase safety and durability. 

Rollovers, collapsing tree branches, and rough terrain are just a few of the scenarios Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) takes into consideration when innovating the design of our fire apparatus. There are a myriad of safety elements incorporated into today’s apparatus to protect firefighters on the line; the most recent innovation was our 4”x4” steel tubing cab protectors and tubular body construction.

Protective Shell for Safety

These fire bodies are MIG and TIG Welded Aluminum, Galveneal, or Stainless Steel.  We start the process with 2”x3” tubing to form the body skeleton and wrap it with 12 gauge Stainless, Galveneal, or 3/16th inch Aluminum. The bodies are built with this type of construction to add safety for firefighting personnel, as well as durability. On our existing Type 3 Engines and our new Type 4 and Tactical Tenders, we have elevated the tube behind the cab to add a layer of rollover protection to our vehicles.  

BME added the very first set of 4”x4” steel tubing cab protectors to the USFS Water Tenders. The water tenders have low bodies and were unprotected during rollovers prior to adding the rack. Each piece was manufactured, welded, and assembled at our West Morris Hill location in Boise, ID. The new USFS trucks (Type 3, Type 3 Heavy and Type 4) will have BME’s signature Type 3 tubular construction. These bodies will protect from both steep grade rolling and high speed freeway crashes.

Triangulated points (gussets) are added both to the cab protectors and steel frame for increased strength and to reduce crushing points. We put emphasis on strength with triple passed welds, beveled joints and grade 8 hardware used to secure the rack to the chassis. Lastly, rubber body mounts are used to eliminate vibration when on rough terrain or traveling at high speeds. 

USFS firetruck headache racks

A Safe Build Cannot Outperform Training

We are proud to serve the fire industry with our wildland apparatus; ultimately, our goal is to design an engine that will get firefighters home safely every time. There is no quick-fix or cure all for roll-over accidents, but with adequate training the likelihood of an accident is reduced. Extensive training for both station and volunteer firefighters is critical in avoiding these tragic incidents in the future. 

Firefighters have enough to focus on while they are doing their job and they don’t have time to question if their truck will work. We build our fire trucks “the BME way” which means tubular bodies, stainless steel plumbing, and heavy duty doors. Our clients know they are getting the best wildland trucks on the market and a great team behind them. We have built thousands of wildland trucks and collaborated with some of the best wildland firefighters, municipalities, and government agencies to build the best apparatus in the industry. We know what works and what it takes to get the job done. 

Custom Builds

BME builds custom fire apparatus to meet your departments needs and constantly innovating to fulfil obligations. We don’t just offer option A or B, but work with each customer to understand their specific needs. Through a collaborative effort, we recommend or create a design that will exceed your expectations. Whether you are a small department, large municipality, or a federal contract, you are important to BME and will never be a just a number.

Sedona Fire District Purchases a Model 34 BME Fire Apparatus

cal fire wildland trucks

Sedona Fire District recently purchased a Model 34 (Cal Fire Spec) from BME through HGAC. At this time we are offering our Cal Fire Spec at an affordable price with Tag-On Opportunities for California Departments and through HGAC for any out-of-California departments wanting this truck. Below is an article published by the Sedona Red Rock News about the acquisition of this BME Fire Apparatus.

“It’s like getting a really great Christmas gift — but one that you have to wait until the following Christmas to open.

By a unanimous vote, the Sedona Fire District Governing Board on Aug. 14 approved the purchase of a new Type 3 fire engine in the amount of $313,405.57. However, delivery of the new truck would be 10 to 12 months from the signing of the contract.

“It’s an apparatus that will carry us for a long, long time,” Chairman Dave Soto said. “It’s definitely a work horse.”

According to a staff report, the district plans for timely replacement of fire apparatus and sets aside funding for the ordering and purchasing of vehicles. The current Type 3, which is assigned to Station 4 in Uptown, has been taken out of service and is due for replacement. The engine being replaced is a 1999 E-One Type 3 four-wheel-drive with 78,100 miles and more than 3,700 engine hours.

The truck was originally purchased in February 1999 for $188,525 with a planned service life of 15 years and was the Oak Creek Canyon fire engine staffed by the canyon volunteers. Fire Chief Kris Kazian said this vehicle has been bumped down in the priority replacement list for several years in the capital replacement plan. Due to the continued and increasing costs of maintenance for this vehicle, it has been taken out of service and is recommended for removal from the SFD fleet, he said.

“We’re replacing a 1999 unit, so it’s run its course,” Kazian said. “It’s see a lot of miles and been a lot of places.”

The report states that failure to buy this replacement vehicle leaves the district without a four-wheel drive Type 3 engine used for both in and outside district wildland fires and may see on average a decrease in the range of $50,000 to $60,000 per year paid to SFD when its assistance is requested. As an off-district Type 3 engine, it has generated in excess of $273,000 of revenue over the the past three years combined.

The manufacturer, Boise Mobile Equipment, has a joint purchasing agreement with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This allows other jurisdictions to purchase from the CAL FIRE purchase order contract through the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The HGAC is a nationwide, government procurement service awarded through public competitive procurement process compliant with state statues.

Sedona Fire Battalion Chief Dave Cochrane said he’s not sure how must SFD will save by going this route but that the pricing for the new fire engine being requested is at a significant savings over trying to purchase this truck as an individual agency.

“We’ve come to the point where we can no longer kick the can down the road,” Cochrane said in terms of the engine’s need. Cochrane said the Type 3 engine holds about 500 gallons and being that it is four-wheel drive, is most often used in wildland and forest fires, especially those being battled in California.

SFD has a second Type 3 engine, but it is two-wheel drive and will stay local. A Type 6 engine, which is much smaller and pays less in terms of a daily rental by other agencies, is out of state with a Sedona crew.”

BME Receives 3 Separate Awards from USFS

USFS fire trucks

In the month of September, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) has received three separate awards totaling over $15 million for production of firefighting apparatuses for the United States Forest Service (USFS). BME will produce 60 wildland engines for the USFS with an option for a 25% increase.

On the order? Type 3’s, Type 3 Heavy, and Type 4’s; which will be ready for delivery in 2019. These wildland fire trucks will be delivered to multiple locations across 10 western states.

Boise Mobile Equipment is a fire truck manufacturer located in Boise, Idaho who has been servicing the nation’s fire, police, and emergency response professionals since 1990. BME fire apparatuses are manufactured to perform in rough terrain and extreme firefighting conditions. BME is dedicated to providing departments with custom design options, superior craftsmanship, and rugged durability. BME offers various types of emergency vehicles including pumpers, tenders, rescues, Wildland Type 3’s, 4’s and 6’s, and a variety of command vehicles. In addition, BME provides equipment and services to law enforcement with its command vehicles, complete up-fitting, and K-9 units.

Aside from its work with US Forest Service, BME has manufactured fire apparatus for CAL FIRE, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS) and multiple municipal and county fire departments throughout the United States.

Interested in purchasing a BME wildland apparatus? Feel free to email us at sales@bmefire.com or visit our wildland page for more information!

CAL FIRE Type 3 Wildland Update

Cal Fire Wildland Firetrucks

In August of 2017, Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) was awarded roughly $10 million to produce over thirty Type 3 wildland firefighting apparatuses for the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, better known as CAL FIRE. Since the initial contract CAL FIRE has now ordered 60 Wildland Type 3 trucks from BME. Here is a brief look inside our production timeline:

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Escalon Put’s Xtreme Type 6 Brush Truck to Work

Xtreme type 6 brush truck

The very first Xtreme Aggressive Type 6 ever built by Boise Mobile Equipment (BME), was recently added to the Escalon Fire Departments fleet. The Xtreme Type 6 pushes the ability of Quick Attack for emergency vehicles. BME wanted to create a custom manufactured brush truck that could exceed the capabilities of current trucks on the market. This brush truck was being used as a demo unit prior to being purchased by Escalon Fire Department. This brush truck was put into service on July 30 and utilized the same day on a grass and brush fire in Escalon.

The Xtreme 6 recently made an appearance in the Escalon Times along with firefighters Connor Coker and Ron Gur. Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello commented on the departments new truck saying, “Essentially it carries 300 gallons of water and has a smaller capacity pump; it is built for wildland firefighting, it’s able to get to areas that are not accessible to larger engines. It carries hand tools, it has a portable pump so we can get water on site … it gives us a few more options.” Read the entire article here on the Escalon Times website.

We believe the Xtreme Type 6 is a great example of BME’s passion to build fire trucks that are ‘go anywhere’ vehicles. For more information, photo’s, specs and engineering behind this Aggresive truck visit our Wildland Xtreme 6 Page. Ready to add an Xtreme 6 to your department or having question? We can be reached at sales@bmefire.com or by phone at (208) 338-1444. 

 

Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance

Wildland Firefighter

Over many decades, lessons learned from accidents and fatalities that have occurred on wildland fires have led to significant improvements in firefighter education, training, operational practices, and risk management processes. Unfortunately, wildland firefighting remains inherently hazardous, and we continue to experience accidents and fatalities.
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Boise Mobile Equipment Lineup at FDIC 2018

FDIC 2018

The world’s most comprehensive training-based conference on firefighting took over Indianapolis, and Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) attended to showcase their latest apparatus and industry expertise. Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International 2018 took place from April 23–28 in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. BME’s booth housed two of the Wildland fire apparatus manufacturer’s most recent trucks, including a Model 34 and an Xtreme 6.

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