Thread: Engine types

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    Smoke_N_Flames Guest

    Post Engine types

    Can someone explain to me the different engine types (type 1, 3, etc.) in regards to wildland fire fighting.

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    Captain Hickman Guest


    Kind of a short discription of each class of engines which the Forest Service Recgonizes: Minimum Standard for Type

    Type 1 - (Usually a Class A engine in Structural Fire Fighting) Pump 1000 gpm, 400 gal/tank, 1200 ft. 2 1/2" hose, 400 ft. 1 1/2 " hose, 200 ft. 1" hose, 20 feet of ladder, 500 gpm Master Stream, and Minimum 4 people.

    Type 2 - 500 gpm, 400 gal/tank, 1000 ft. 2 1/2", 500 ft. 1 1/2", 300 ft. 1", 20 feet of ladder, and Min. 3 people

    Type 3 - 120 gpm, 500 gal/tank, 1000 ft. 1 1/2" hose, 800 ft. 1", and Min. 3 people.

    Type 4 - 70 gpm, 750 gal/tank, 300 ft. 1 1/2", 300 ft. 1", and Min. 3 people.

    Type 5 - 50 gpm, 500 gal/tank, 300 ft. 1 1/2", 300 ft 1", and Min. 3 people.

    Type 6 - 50 gpm, 200 gal/tank, 300 ft 1 1/2", 300 ft 1 ", and Min. 2 people.

    Type 7 - 20 gpm, 125 gal/tank, 200 ft 1 1/2", 200 ft 1", and Min. 2 people.

    Other equipment is also listed as largest to smallest; Tractors/Dozers Types 1-6, Water Tenders (mobil water supply units), Helicopters, and Air Tankers, are typed 1-4

    Hand Crews are type 1 & 2: Type 1 - Usually a Fully Mobilized Interagency Recognized Crew, which can be dispatched to a fire and arrive within 12 hours and are required to have other minimum standards not required by Type 2 crews.

    Be Safe

    [This message has been edited by Captain Hickman (edited 02-20-2001).]

  3. #3
    cbp3 Guest


    Just an addition to Captain Hickman's post. I'm sure it was merely an oversight, but the standards have taken to adding an "x" to all-wheel drive engines. (Type 6x, etc.) Just another way to differentiate during the ordering process. The entire point is to ask for exactly what you want, and to know what is being sent to you.

    Remember what the Scouts say:
    "Be Prepared"
    Looks like good advice this year.


  4. #4
    mark440 Guest


    You can find all the classifications in the "Fire Line Handbook". The red, 6"X4" plastic covered book. VERY VERY useful. Covet it like a Bible. That is the Bible of Wildland Firefighting. Has anything you want to know about firefighting clear up from the definition of Overhead crews to what a "chain" is. This can be used to reference a lot of things. You can find this through any of the Federal Agencies listed in other posts. Agencies like: USFS, BLM, BIA, State Foresters, Fish & Wildlife, and all the others. By the way, a chain is a unit of measurement aproximately 60'. Fireline and fire growth is often measured in "Chains". This is also how you determine the ability of a Hot Shot crew is the chain amount of fireline that can be built in 1 hour.

    Stay safe,


    If in doubt - Call us out

  5. #5
    mtnfireguy Guest


    Late in 1998 the NWCG Equipment Working Group revised the Engine and Water Tender Types.

    The only real differnce is pump capacity and staffing. On the Type 1 and 2 engines they increased the ladder requirements to 48ft

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