What kind of tools and equipment are on the different trucks?
Other than hose and tank water, the various pieces of apparatus carry equipment pertinent to their specific role at the fire scene. Because pumpers carry water and hose, they are limited as to how much other equipment they can carry. But at minimum you will find nozzles, axes and air packs for breathing. Ladder trucks normally carry a variety of ground ladders, forcible entry tools, salvage covers, and large hydraulic rescue tools, which cannot be stored on smaller trucks. Rescue trucks also carry other tools (e.g., large ventilation fans and various hand tools) that are necessary at a fire scene but impractical for storage on smaller trucks.
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