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The Fire Truck (or Firetruck) is a general purpose firefighting apparatus equipped with a deck-mounted water cannon/deluge gun, appearing in every Grand Theft Auto game. It is manufactured by MTL in the HD Universe.

Design

The Fire Truck is depicted in every appearance as a large truck-based vehicle with a predominantly red paintjob, long chassis and bulky design, evidently to contain firefighting equipment.

2D Universe

Grand Theft Auto features two variants of the Fire Truck, which are generally depicted in the style of typical American fire trucks, though their exact sources of inspiration are unknown:

  • The first one is a standard cab with a long hood/nose, appearing in Liberty City and Vice City. It has a single light bar and a "FIRE" marking on the roof.
  • The second one is a cab-over-engine truck, exclusive to San Andreas. It has what seems to be a round red rotating light, a "SAFD" marking and a red stripe on the roof.

The Fire Truck featured in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961 assumes a more 1960s European design, likely to be based on a chassis of a British lorry such as a F/Delta-type Dennis; the vehicle's design is also adapted into the ICBM. It has a white "FIRE" marking, roating lights and a ladder/ladder-cannon setup.

In Grand Theft Auto 2, the Fire Truck is designed in a classical American LaFrance-like appearance, in line with the game's retro-futuristic styling. It is also introduced with a functional water cannon.

3D Universe

The Firetruck in the 3D Universe is typically based on North American fire trucks, with certain differences:

  • In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Firetruck is based on a Seagrave Marauder, and is shown with a relatively small capacity of two occupants and operating for the FDLC and FDLC. The front end features a large bumper with four lights on either side and a license plate on the center, followed by dual central grilles above. Beside the lower grille are two rectangular headlights and beside the upper one are the upper indicators and lower red emergency lights, while the upper area has a split windshield. The cab features two access doors, two tall compartments on the side and a light bar on the roof, while the rear section features large compartments on the sides and what looks like two emergency lights on top. The rear end has a single compartment door and square tail lights on the outer portions, as well as a license plate on the driver side and marker lights at the bottom. The truck only spawns in a red primary color with secondary-colored side stripes and the corresponding livery around, including an optional identification number ranging between 1 and 6 (sometimes it may spawn with no number). Both the GTA Liberty City Stories and the GTA: Vice City Stories renditions have a visible water cannon on the upper side, mounted behind the cab.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Firetruck assumes the same design as the previous model, but with distinctive details around and operating for the FDVC. The front features red and white emergency lights below the indicators, while the section behind the cab has additional compartment doors on either side. The rear section appears to be narrower on the upper half and incorporates ladders and two lamps facing to either end (the left on to the front and the right one to the rear), while the rear end has a smaller compartment door on the center. Again, the truck only spawns in a red primary color with secondary-colored upper half of the cab and side stripes (the latter being straighter and spanning both ends), and the corresponding livery around, including an optional identification number ranging between 1 and 6 (sometimes it may spawn with no number).
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Firetruck assumes a new model, resembling a KME Renegade, and operates for the Fire Department of San Andreas. This version features a larger front bumper with a circular preconnected hose on the center, amber lights beside it and a small vent/hole on the passenger side, while the area above features a single grille, dual hedlights, emergency lights and a split windshield. The cabin features an extended compartment and silver door handles on either side (though there are no defined rear doors, thus limited to carry two people), while the roof features marker lights, a light bar and the water cannon. The rear section features pump panels with small lights behind the cabin, small compartment doors on either side and hard-suction pipes on either side, along with a ladder on the right side and rear-facing lights on top. On the rear end, the truck has open sections on the upper half and what looks like an amber traffic advisor bar on the middle, while the outer edges house the tail lights, the license plate on the driver side and marker lights at the bottom. The fuel cap can be seen on the lower left corner of the rear end. The vehicle only spawns in a red primary color and white secondary color for the side stripes and upper half of the cab, and may have an identification number, which are 16, 47 and 64 (sometimes spawn with no number).[3]
  • In Grand Theft Auto Advance, the Fire Truck assumes a rather generic design, somewhat similar to the GTA III iteration, and operates for the FDLC. The cabin has two doors and a light bar on top, while the rear compartment features several compartments and another light bar on the rear. The truck is only seen in a red color and only bears the identification number 4 on the top of the rear compartment.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the MTL "24v Supercharged" Fire Truck serves as the Liberty City Fire Department's standard firefighting apparatus. The overall design of the truck is heavily reminiscent of the 1989-2001 Seagrave Commander II chassis, featuring the flat-roof design and split cab front and side windows. The front of the Fire Truck has influences from the 1990-2000 Pierce Dash, particularly in the grille and headlight arrangement. While the truck's livery does not resemble the real life FDNY's livery used for the past 20 years, the livery does resemble the livery used on the fleet during the early 90s.

The Fire Truck employs a more detailed design with similarities to the GTA San Andreas iteration, albeit with a more realistic four-door layout. The front bumper of the truck features a set of front-facing fog lights and side-facing amber lights, as well as a vented section on the driver side intended for the electronic sirens and an air horn with a warning sticker on the passenger side. The upper surface of the same bumper features an exposed compartment on the center and two hook points beside it, followed by bumper guides on the edges. On the frontal fascia, the truck features a tall and narrow grill bearing the MTL logo on the center, and is flanked by square vents on the lower portion, silver panels with dual square headlights on the middle portion, and sectioned panels with smaller vents, arrow-shaped turning lights and unusable red/blue emergency lights on the upper portion. Above the frontal wall is the split windshield with a slightly angled shape and silver trim around, the wipers mounted below and various marker lights on top.

On the sides, the truck's cab uses tall doors with silver handles and grab bars beside them for access, in conjunction with tall mesh vents and single marker lights near the front grab bars. The roof area mounts an extra lamp on the front right quarter and a ventilation unit on the middle, along with four red lights on the quarters and a single white light between the frontal red lights. The middle section features exposed inlets/outlets on either side and a tall pole with three extra lamps, as well as the pump panel on the passenger side, with various gauges and levers around. The rear section uses several storage compartments on either side and steel panels with the MTL badge over the rear wheel arches, together with the hard-suction pipe on the left, a ladder on the right and four hose compartments, with three of them partially open. Two additional white emergency lights can be seen on top, on the rearmost corners, as well as an extra lamp on the driver side.

The rear end of the truck features grab bars on the upper halves of the side walls and inlets/outlets on the lower half that are similar to the ones on the pump panel, while the hook points and silver badging can be seen in the lower half. The outer edges of the truck house small tail lights, consisting of the red main units, amber arrow-shaped indicators, red brake units and white reverse units. The bottom of the truck is occupied by an extended sted with angled corners and supports. The interior of the truck features rear-facing seats on the middle row (not usable by any occupant) and a long overhead console where all the components are operated (much like in a real fire truck).

The truck assumes a color pattern similar to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition (red primary and white secondary), but with red-colored industrial rims. Every fire truck is numbered 69 and is equipped with a high powered deck-mounted water cannon on top of the pump area behind the cabin.

Despite its full functionality, Fire Trucks are not seen responding to emergency situations, except during scripted appearances. Even when dialing 911, the fire department will not extinguish any fires on arrival, and simply drive away shortly after arriving.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The design of the Fire Truck remains similar to its appearance in GTA IV, assuming an identical but lower resolution livery, consisting of a red body and white stripes. The lights on the roof are recolored to orange, but still flash white and red, and the rear mounted flashers have been removed. There does not appear to be any equipment inside the rear bed unlike its GTA IV iteration, and other details such as the pump panel have been removed. The fire truck also has a unique siren not found on other emergency vehicles. Like previous installments, the roof-mounted pumper can be operated.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Police siren set in the original version of GTA V.

Fire Truck siren set in the enhanced version of GTA V.

The Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online rendition is not much different from the previous game, however, the livery is derived from the Los Angeles Fire Department's engine, with some influence from the Los Angeles County Fire Department's engines.

The Firetruck, being operated by the Los Santos Fire Department, still assumes the design of the Grand Theft Auto IV rendition, but there are small tweaks to the model itself. The front bumper and rear end mount a license plate and the red/blue emergency lights on the front are functional. The cabin makes use of an orange/amber LED lightbar on the roof, as well as side flashing lights of the same color, beside the middle and rear windows. The extra lamp on the front right quarter of the roof is not present. The rear step allows two occupants to hang on in a similar manner to the Trashmaster, while the rear-facing seats of the cab's interior can be entered when the available seats are occupied (only possible in Grand Theft Auto Online, as there is no enter/exit animation for them). The color pattern has been changed as well, being a predominant red color with white and yellow stripes at the bottom and identification markings such as "Class 1", "32" and "36", though lacking the red color on the rims.

In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, the siren is shared with all other emergency vehicles in the game, however in the enhanced Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game, the Fire Truck has a unique siren and wailer which are slightly deeper in tone. It can also have different air horns, as with other larger trucks.

A Fire Truck will be dispatched by the LSFD whenever a fire breaks out. On arrival, four firefighters are found; a driver, passenger, and two rear fighters. A small fire or singular vehicle fire typically resorts in the firefighters using their hand-held extinguishers, and larger fires, such as multiple vehicle fires, resorts in the driver of the vehicle using the on-board hose. NPCs will also use the on board cannon as a weapon against the player (or even other NPCs).

Only one or two Fire Trucks can be dispatched at once; if two dispatched fire trucks are in the area, a third will not be dispatched until one of them has been destroyed. Fire Trucks will also be scared if explosions or gunfire occur on their arrival.

Current Design Gallery


Version Design History

Performance

2D Universe

Prior to Grand Theft Auto III, the Fire Truck's main virtues are its large size and weight, which make the vehicle resilient to damage and difficult for most other cars to ram off-course. Other common traits of these early renditions are their average speed, and poorer acceleration and cornering. While revealed in game files in Grand Theft Auto and Grand Theft Auto: London to be valued at $1,500 and £1,500, respectively, the vehicle cannot be exported as it is too large.

In Grand Theft Auto 2, the water cannon serves as a passive weapon which pushes (human) targets back using a gush of water. A Fire Truck with a mounted flamethrower may also be unlocked by completing the Wang Cars side quest. Like in earlier games, the Fire Truck is too large to be crushed. Like the Tank, one can rotate the water cannon by holding Tab on PC and using the left and right arrow keys to rotate it. Note the player cannot do this while steering, and holding Tab honks the horn, so only the horn honks while going straight.

3D Universe

The 3D Universe Fire Truck can reach high speeds and has good acceleration, however the resulting lack of traction in such a heavy vehicle makes it susceptible to over-steer and spinning. It also has no ABS brakes, so one cannot turn while braking. Because the Fire Truck is very heavy and has a high top speed the driver has to plan when to brake, otherwise it is easy to crash and possibly get stuck since it is very bulky. Like Police Cars and Ambulances, it is equipped with sirens that make traffic move out of the way (except the ladder variant in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas). Its hose can be used to spray pedestrians, knocking them down. The player can also activate Firefighter missions with the Fire Truck (except with the ladder variant in GTA San Andreas).

Fire Trucks also have lots of hitting power. They can send smaller vehicles flying and will make short work of getting through Enforcer barricades. When ramming, it is best that you get the Fire Truck to top speed for maximum hitting power. Most vehicles can be pushed out of the way by the Fire Truck.

The Fire Truck is powered by a diesel engine located on the front, mated to a 5-speed gearbox in an FR layout. It uses the traditional diesel sound from most industrial trucks, such as the Packer and the Linerunner.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 106 / 170 5 Diesel RWD 6500 / 14330 (GTA III - GTA SA)
10000 / 22046 (GTA LCS & GTA VCS)
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

Vehicle

The Fire Truck performs very well for a truck of its size. It has moderate acceleration, considering its weight and design, but is acceptable. Its top speed may take a while to reach, but once reached, the truck cannot be stopped easily by other road users; the truck is a rolling battering ram. Its durability is one of the best in the game due to its weight and body style, and isn't too effected by moderate explosions either.

Unfortunately, due to this sheer weight, its braking is left to be desired; despite the set-off sound of released pressure revealing the brakes are air brakes (which are better performance-wise), the brakes will squeak when braking from high speeds, which sounds to be more similar to hydraulic braking. Either way, the brakes do not compete well with the high speeds the truck can reach.

The vehicle itself performs very well off-road, thanks to its ground clearance and its AWD layout allows it to climb uphills and high slope without having the vehicle to become underpowered and it also allows the vehicle to make turns more easily. However, rollovers are likely an issue, as turning too fast will simply roll over onto its side due to the relatively soft suspension, most notably when an obstacle is present or due to the terrain's inclination.

The Firetruck is stated to be powered by a Supercharged 24-Valved (erroneously stated as a V24) engine, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, all wheel drive layout. It shares the same engine sound as the Trashmaster, the Packer and the Ripley.

Features

The water cannon is once again functional, and is apparently seen as a deadly weapon by the LCPD, as using it against police and civilians is one of the fastest non-lethal ways to gain a six-star wanted level without killing anyone. The water cannon can easily push any vehicle (except heavy vehicles), and sometimes the driver will brake, and then either ram the truck, or get out and attempt to pull the player out of the truck. The driver cannot make use of weapons while driving the vehicle, as the water cannon assumes the same controls.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
7500 / 16535
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 24-Valved Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 F4 AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Vehicle

The Fire truck has had a major overhaul in performance, performing better in many areas. The truck has a better acceleration rate, due to what sounds to be a more powerful, higher revving engine, and a low-geared setup. The truck's handling is more responsive, and can turn much easier, and the brakes are more effective than the last appearance. Unfortunately, the truck seems lighter, meaning it does not ram vehicles out of the way as easily as it did in GTA IV, aside from the fact that it cannot reach higher speeds than before, though on the plus side, it is more controllable in terms of acceleration and handling, mostly because of the simplistic drivetrain.

Again, the Firetruck is stated to be powered by a Supercharged 24-Valved engine, this time coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout.

Features

Again, the player can use the Firetruck's water cannon. If the police see the player "attacking" cars or people with the water cannon, a one-star wanted level is given, and if the player hits the police cars with the hose, two wanted stars are given. Civilians hit by the water cannon may also turn hostile and attack the player. Because of the game's physics, the water cannon may be much deadlier than in GTA IV, as the character will constantly get hurt in the process. It can also be used to clean away fuel.

Although the player still cannot make use of weapons while driving the vehicle, the action button that normally changes weapons now gives the water cannon a unique tracking functionality; by holding it, the water cannon tracks nearby vehicles (occupied or not) within a small radius (more or less 15m) without having to move the camera. This seems to work on a 90 degree coverage, relative to the vehicle's front (meaning any vehicle past the 45 degrees from a side will be simply ignored).

GTA V/GTA Online Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A RWD 7500 / 16535 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 24-Valved Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed
7 Seconds 106 / 171 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
FireTruck-GTAV-RSCStats.png
Speed
69.751678%
Acceleration
39.999996%
Braking
16.666668%
Traction
51.515156%

Image Gallery

2D Universe

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Variants

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

A second Fire Truck exists, named firela, which features a smaller cab, a single light on the center of the front end, a fuel cap on the driver side and a larger rear section with numerous compartment doors, rear platform, grab handles and a non-interactive mid-mount ladder on top. This variant lacks a water cannon or functional lights and sirens (only having four rotating lights/beacons similar to those frm the Baggage and Tug), and does not allow the player to trigger the fire-fighting side-mission. Unlike the engine variant, the ladder variant does not sustain cosmetic damage except for its breakable headlights. It is also worth noting that the ladder variant is enabled to use the Pay N' Spray, allowing the player to repair the vehicle. It spawns in a red primary and white secondary colors, and has a livery around (but no identification number).

This variant is based on a Pierce Arrow.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Firefighter Side-Mission

Main article: Firefighter

The Firefighter side-mission can be toggled on or off from within a Fire Truck in all GTA games between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, as well as GTA Chinatown Wars. The mission requires the player to find and extinguish burning vehicles within a time limit.

2D Universe

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Import/Export - The Fire Truck is one of the 23 vehicles wanted for the Portland portion of the Import/Export side mission.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • In the mission "Demolition Man", a Fire Truck will respond to the explosion and arrive at the scene of disaster.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The ladder variant of the Fire Truck is prominently featured during the second half of the mission "End of the Line", during which it is bulletproof, fireproof, explosion-proof and even damage-proof (much like the Feltzer pursuing the Fire Truck); it also has heavy handling, but loses its special properties when the player fails to catch Sweet after he climbs onto its ladder and falls. In the mission, the fire truck is used by Frank Tenpenny. During the mission, the special ladder Fire Truck is locked, although it is possible to drive close enough to the vehicle and attempt to hijack it.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Episodes from Liberty City

  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, a Club Management mission requires the player to get a Fire Truck from Northwood and scare off the paparazzi from Maisonette 9.
  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, many Fire Trucks can be seen in the mission Dropping In, while Luis has landed with the parachute on the truck at the end of the mission, several Fire Trucks can be seen driving away.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • In the mission Jackin' Chan, the player is required to steal a Firetruck and use it to extinguish burning vehicles in order to save Chan from kidnappers.
  • Natural Burn Killer always features the Fire Truck, in which Huang must disable/destroy to prevent it from exterminating the flames.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • A fire crew approach on the FIB building heist requires the player to attain a Fire Truck by either stealing one from a fire station, or dialing the Emergency Services to receive one. In the actual heist, the crew dress as firefighters and drive the fire truck to the building after the explosion, and after retrieving the target, they leave. The protagonist is required to destroy the Fire Truck afterwards.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Locations

In every game (excluding the PlayStation version of Grand Theft Auto, and all versions of Grand Theft Auto IV), players starting a fire will see the fire department send a Fire Truck to put it out. The Fire Truck also spawns predominantly at fire stations, including:

Grand Theft Auto 2

Grand Theft Auto III, Advance and Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version

Trivia

General

  • The "69" on the Firetruck's side is a pun to the sexual position "69".
  • Firetrucks from Grand Theft Auto III to Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories have the phrase "Putting out since 1872" written on the doors of the cab. This is another one of Rockstar's sex jokes/references.
  • Similar to many MTL vehicles, the badges on the Firetrucks in GTA IV and V incorrectly refer to the engine as a "V24", where it actually means "24 valved", which is supposed to be written as "24v".
  • In the 3D Universe, spraying police officers with water using the hose will not give a wanted level, they will just get up and keep walking as if nothing happened.
    • Pedestrians will ignore getting sprayed too, they will not run away in fear or get angry at the player after they sprayed them. In addition hostile pedestrians will lost their hostility when sprayed at.

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

  • Unlike most emergency vehicles, the rear license plate on the Fire Truck does not state the city where the vehicle comes from.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The roof-mounted cannon is able to put out fires on vehicles before they explode.
  • The water cannon can be sprayed toward the rear of the Firetruck for an impromptu speed boost, though this could result in a collision with traffic or pedestrians.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • There is a FDLC placard behind the front doors with a memorial ribbon. This could be a reference to the HD Universe's equivalent of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Hitting an occupied Firetruck with an unarmed melee attack, including while riding a motorcycle in Grand Theft Auto Online, will cause the firemen onboard to go aggro on the player. Before dismounting to fight, the driver will attack with the water cannon while the passengers proceed to curse at and flip the player off.
  • If a Fire Truck is commandeered by law enforcement or military personnel, the water cannon will be used by the driver in an attempt to stop the player.
  • Sometimes, spraying pedestrians or their vehicles with the onboard water cannon will cause them to go aggro towards and chase the player. Continually doing this will result in a wanted level as will spraying law enforcement or military pedestrians/vehicles directly.
  • The "Los Santos County Fire Department Rescue Squad" markings are a reference to the TV show "Emergency!", which aired from 1972 to 1977. The show followed the paramedics of Station 51, a fictional LA County Fire Station. The paramedics drove a 1972 Dodge D-300 fire truck known as "Squad 51", which bore similar markings to those seen on the Fire Truck.
  • Passive Mode in GTA Online is disabled when entering the truck, as the water cannon is considered a weapon.

References

  1. Rockstargames.com/GTA - "The Special Car Lot":
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  2. As part of The Diamond Casino Heist update (enhanced version only)
  3. Fire Truck's numbers texture. Combinations are mapped individually


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