When called upon, firefighters must be ready for anything—house and building fires, grass fires, car fires, car accidents, gas leaks, chemical spills—and they must have the exact tools they need at any given time. That's where the fire engine comes in.
The fire engine, of which Golden Valley has four, is a self-contained apparatus, meaning it can function without any other resources. It has a generator that can power flood lights. It has a tank filled with 500 gallons of water. And it houses all the equipment and hoses firefighters need to do their job effectively.
The engine is a complex machine, and it takes several years of training to learn how to properly run it, says Stephen Baker, fire education specialist. Take a look at the Anatomy of a Fire Engine for a closer look at Golden Valley’s Engine 11, and what it provides the City’s firefighters.
Rescue & Aerial Trucks
In addition to the engine, firefighters also use aerial and rescue trucks. Golden Valley's aerial truck is equipped with a 105-foot ladder
topped with a 1,000-gallon-per-minute master stream hose. Aerial trucks are generally used for commercial fires. The rescue
trucks come equipped with emergency medical devices that can be used if an ambulance is not yet on the scene.