The fire apparatus has two main categories: fire engines or pumpers and fire trucks. There is a crucial difference between these two in terms of usage and role at a fire scene. The pumper is what most people picture in their mind when they think about a fire truck. This pumper, also known as a fire engine, is equipped with water tanks and hoses and pumps water towards the fire. The real fire trucks are vehicles endowed with aerial ladders and all types of fire equipment that a firefighter needs during a firefighting operation.
Fire apparatus water capacity
This being said, the real fire truck water capacity is mainly zero, as this vehicle carries ladders, firefighters and specialized equipment for forcible entry, search and rescue tools, ventilation, oxygen masks, and oxygen tanks. The fire engines carry water tanks, which has a usual capacity of maximum 1000 gallons. Most of the times, the water tank is not enough to extinguish the fire. In this case, the supply hoses are connected to external sources such as hydrants, lakes or rivers and pump water through the attack hoses and directly to the fire.
How much water does a fire engine use?
During a normal firefighting operation, with a fire of medium dimensions, the fire engines use up to 4000 thousand liters (1000 gallons), which is exactly the capacity of a regular fine engine. Volkan Fire is a fire truck producer Turkey with much experience in the production of fire apparatus. We are a trustable and qualified fire truck producer and one of the best fire truck manufacturers, when it comes to quality, safety and requirements of the international fire code. We offer many types of fire engines, with different water tanks capacity, according to your fire department needs and requirements.