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CalFire Vehicles

CAL FIRE uses various apparatus to accomplish their daily responses.
Engines fall under two categories, either being state owned mostly wildland, or city/county owned, which CAL FIRE operates under contract.

For the wildland portion, most engines are manufactured with West-mark or Westates (now American Truck & Fire Apparatus) bodies on an International chassis.
Commonly seen models of wildland engines include the Model 5, 9, 14, and 15.
CDF Models 24 and 25 were test-bed models, with only a few of each model fielded.
The newest versions of these engines are CDF model 34 (4WD) and 35 (2WD), manufactured by Placer Fire Equipment, Rosenbauer, and HME.
Model 34/35's are currently being fielded statewide.
As of 2009 Model 35's have been discontinued and Model 34's from HME Apparatus are the new standard.
Fact sheets on all of CAL FIRE's current-service Type 3 (wildland) engine models can be found on the CAL FIRE web site under Mobile Equipment.

Most type I and II engines that are operated under contract are Westates bodies on HME(formerly Hendrickson) 1871 Series chassis, the same configuration used by the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) engines that are distributed throughout the state.

CAL FIRE has contracted with 10 Tanker Air Carrier for three years' of exclusive use of their DC-10 "super tanker" known as Tanker 910, at a cost of $5 million per year.

Type-3 Wildland Engine, CDF Model 14

Type-3 Wildland Engine, CDF Model 5

Engine 5562 is a Model 34, Type 3 Engine with a 500-GPM PTO pump, a 180-GPM auxiliary pump, and a 500-gallon water tank. It was built by HME on a Navistar International 4x4 chassis.

Type-3 Wildland Engine, CDF Model 24

Smeal Type-1 Municipal Engine, owned by San Luis Obispo County operated by CDF under contract

Tanker 910 during a drop demonstration in December, 2006

CDF "Super Huey", formerly an UH-1H, assigned to the Bieber Helitack crew, takes off from the Mojave Airport

Once an Air Tactical Group Supervisor has completed training the ATGS has the ability to be assigned to one of CAL FIRE's 14 Air Tactical Platforms seen .

NEVADA CITY April 24, 2008 - After an all too brief winter season, CAL FIRE pilots at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base are back in the air. Today, the three pilots assigned to the base six days a week and the two relief pilots are flying proficiency training to hone their skills.

So if you are interested in how to become a firefighter, keep reading throught our site to learn more about the training,the duties and the challenges that a Cal Fire firefighter faces while in the line of duty.
Good luck in your Firefighter Career Job Research!.

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