Fire Trucks

A fire engine is and has been for all of American history a wonderful weapon used to fight battles against an old enemy, the red devil - fire. These rigs are special and have a glitter and glory that most machinery can not match. They hold a special place in our hearts as we watch them glide by, lights blazing and sirens wailing, while going to an emergency.

Fire engines started out as simply devices to pump water. In colonial times, the water was transported to the pumper via the bucket brigade and then pumped to the fire by firefighters operating the pump by hand. Contemporary fire engines carry their own water, a pump to move the water, and hose. Water tank sizes can range from 500 - 1,500 gallons. Pump capacity is measured in gallons per minute (gpm) and most pump capacities are between 1,000 gpm - 2,000 gpm.

In the rig's compartments are the tools necessary to get any job done - forcible entry tools, lights, nozzles, adapters, hand tools, breathing apparatus and foam equipment just to name a few.

Solon Fire Rescue also equips the engines with limited medical equipment. This is done so if there is a medical call and the ambulance for that area is busy with another emergency, paramedics can respond in the engine and begin treatment. Another ambulance from a different station will then respond to transport the victim to the hospital. While returning to their station, the firefighter/paramedics are ready and equipped for another emergency be it fire or medical.

Engine 1

Engine 1 outside station
Engine 1 - 2005 Pumper Engine 1
1000 Gallon Water Tank
1500 Gallons Per Minute Pump

Engine 2

Engine 2 in parking lot
Engine 2 - 2009 Pumper Engine 2
1000 Gallon Water Tank
1500 Gallons Per Minute Pump

Engine 3

Engine 3 outside station
Engine 3 - 2003 Pumper/Ladder Engine 3
2007 Pumper/Ladder
1000 Gallon Water Tank
1500 Gallon Per Minute Pump
75 Ft. Aerial Ladder

Engine 3 looks like a ladder truck with the aerial ladder mounted on top. This unit is known as a Quint which is a combination of a pumper and an aerial ladder truck. This engine gives our crew the capability to use the ladder to rescue trapped victims or the pumper to apply water on the fire.