Fire engine (too known in few areas as a fire apparatus, fire-fighting vehicles) is a vehicle designed primarily for firefighting operations. In addition, many fire Rescue /fire services often employ their vehicles for several other uses plus emergency medical services and rescue purposes. The terms fire engine and fire truck are frequently used interchangeably.
The primary purposes of a fire engine include transporting firefighters to an incident scene, providing water with which to fight a fire, and carrying other equipment required by firefighters. An advanced vehicle will carrying tools for an extensive range of fire-fighting and rescue jobs, with typical apparatus plus ladders, a self-contained breathing apparatus, ventilating equipment, first aid kits, and hydraulic rescue tools.
Several fire vehicles are based on standard vehicle models (although some parts may be promoted to cope with the demands of the vehicles' usage). They are generally fitted with loud and visual notices, as well as communication equipment such as two-way radios and mobile computer technology.