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Top 10 biggest, smallest, fastest and strangest fire trucks in the world

A look at some of the world's unique and special firefighting apparatus

By Patrick Wong
FireRescue1 Staff

Fire trucks today aren't just red and big anymore. Who's to say what color they should be or even what shape they should have? While some may seem weird, they all serve the same purpose. Welcome to the top 10 biggest, smallest, fastest and strangest fire trucks in the world. world's smallest fire truck 

As you can see below, the truck may not be able to tackle fires, but this Canadian beauty from the Nobleton Fire Department in Ontario can navigate tight spaces and acts as an educational tool for school kids. The mini-apparatus is actually a converted golf cart. of the Pink Ribbon

It may be pink, but it's pink for a reason. The Guardian of the Pink Ribbon trucks travel the country spreading awareness about women fighting cancer, donating proceeds to charity. Hummer fire truck

The Hummer fire truck can hold 300 gallons of water and can be equipped with foam. While it isn't as large as your typical apparatus, some firehouses are using Hummers to not only get firefighters to scenes faster, but to use them in tandem with regular apparatus to assist on medical calls."The Stinger"

Housed at the Victoria International Airport is one of the most high-tech fire trucks. The Stinger can carry 3,000 gallons of water, 400 gallons of foam, and 500 pounds of dry chemical. It even comes equipped with a turret that can pierce a plane's fuselage so that it can fight aircraft fires from the inside out. Panther 6x6 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting vehicle, the "Sentinel Prime"  

It's not every day you can say your fire truck has been in a blockbuster movie and can transform into an Autobot. The Rosenbauer Panther was used in "Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon" as the disguised version of main character Sentinel Prime and was voiced by Leonard Nimoy. The Panther is 10 feet wide, 40 feet long, and nearly 12 feet tall. Airforce Fire Truck

These big orange fire trucks utitlize air force technology to fight fires. Despite its size, these apparatus are designed to light weight and compact for easy deliverablity and efficient firefighting with high-pressured and combined agent nozzles. truck/ambulance combo

Some departments around the world are using a fire truck and ambulance hybrids. The apparatus come equipped with a built-in ambulance in the middle, allowing crews to use just one vehcile to be prepared for a scene. The catch-all vehicle also comes with a special lift system for stretchers. power engine fire truck

So it may not be the most technologically advanced apparatus out there, but the novelty sure gives it charm. Before diesel and gasoline, these fire trucks relied on steam power and got their start in the late 1800s and early 1900s,with some tracing their origins to Germany. Earliest models allowed for four to five firefighters to spray more water than hundreds could with hand pumpers. firefighting tanks

While it's not really a "truck," these firefighting tanks are able to extinguish fires, navigate most hazards, like oil and chemical spills, and even roll over sources of fires without causing harm to firefighters. Other countries around the world have also started to employ the use of these tanks, like the Czech Republic, Germany, and Russia., Minn.'s Rescue 91

Built in 2005, this custom white apparatus is used by the Edina Fire Department's Spcial Operations Team (SOT), outfitted to respond to special rescues and emergencies like structural collapse, high level rope rescue, confined space rescue, excavtion, and water rescues. The Rescue 91 responds to emergencies statewide. 

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Glennon Mayer Glennon Mayer Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:52:37 AM I for one have been wondering why some one has not took one of the US lite tanks and turned it into a firefighting unit?
Roger Ringer Roger Ringer Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:18:27 AM BLANCHAT MFG. Harper Kansas developed a firefighting unit from a tracked personnel carrier. 1600gal, 1500 gpm, up to 20 personnel, D6 dozer blade. It is in use on Oklahoma. No one in the government would even let him have parts numbers, access to surplus parts, and no access to surplus units. They are dumping them off the coat of NC for reefs with old abrahms tanks. Rubberized tracks and 60mph on road.
Nate Gaines Nate Gaines Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:33:17 AM Should look up DHZ POLE... pretty cool stuff they have. Volunteer brigade in Czech Republic
David Butler David Butler Wednesday, May 21, 2014 11:05:31 AM The Pink truck is labeled incorrectly, It should read Guardians of the Ribbon, Pink Heals truck.
Phil McCully Phil McCully Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2:48:46 PM Your Missing Antarctica's ARFF Sled, that they built for the south pole. Its basically a dry chem and "artic" foam truck (package) on a ski's dragged by a D-8 bulldozer. At least thats what my year did, hopefully they have a better vehicle now. The picture above was the first model, my group helped lower the sled to another set of ski's, so you wouldn't need a ladder to grab a hose line. Our Captain that year did an amazing job outfitting the new sled. This "apparatus" is for C-130's and other small aircraft that go to the South Pole Station, in Antarctica. South Pole FD "Summer" 2010!
Mike Doyle Mike Doyle Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:22:47 PM The FDNY super pumper,LAFD manfold wagons,the Crown Super tanker comes to mind.
Scott Mosher Scott Mosher Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:33:21 PM The pods have been put on two separate, lower sleds now - and it's a Challenger tractor with an extra-large cab (called "Elephant Man"), not a D-8 'dozer...
Phil McCully Phil McCully Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:23:03 PM Thanks @Scott Mosher I knew I was missing something. I keep forgetting it was a "Challenger". Maybe that can be my excuse to go down there again :)

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