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The player extinguishing a fire in GTA San Andreas.

The Firefighter side mission is an optional vehicle mission that can be toggled on or off from within a Fire Truck in every 3D Universe game and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Grand Theft Auto III/Advance

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Advance, each level consists of one burning vehicle which must be extinguished within the time limit.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City onwards

Starting with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, each level becomes more difficult as higher levels consist of one or more burning vehicles that may still be occupied and may drive around frantically (except in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, where the vehicles are stationary), all of which must be extinguished within the time limit. Even more problematic, once a burning vehicle containing passengers is extinguished, they will exit the vehicle and run in all directions while still burning. Therefore, the player must chase after the victims and extinguish them while being careful not to run over them with the fire truck as it will result in mission failure. In some cases, burning passengers will run into water - saving the player the trouble of extinguishing them.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, however, the mission is made slightly easier by allowing the player to continue even if a burning victim is accidentally killed (the time limit will be reduced instead) and allowing the player to temporarily leave the fire truck when needed (the player must return to the fire truck within a time limit or else the mission fails).

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the side mission - now named Fire Fighter - has changed significantly: along with putting out vehicle fires, the player also has the added tasks of dealing with building fires and non-violently disrupting protests.

Rewards

Completing the firefighter side-mission will either give the player a flamethrower at the safehouse or turn the protagonist fireproof. The immunity bonus may be useful for some missions such as Burning Desire, End of the Line, and Light My Pyre.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Flamethrower Delivered to Hideouts - Extinguish 20 fires on each respective island.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 12.

Grand Theft Auto Advance

  • Flamethrower Delivered to Hideouts - Extinguish 20 fires on each respective island.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • $ 200 - Complete Level 1
  • $ 450 - Complete Level 2
  • $ 800 - Complete Level 3
  • $ 1250 - Complete Level 4
  • $ 1800 - Complete Level 5
  • $ 2450 - Complete Level 6
  • $ 3200 - Complete Level 7
  • $ 4050 - Complete Level 8
  • $ 5000 - Complete Level 9
  • $ 6050 - Complete Level 10
  • $ 7200 - Complete Level 11
  • $ 13450 and fire immunity - Complete Level 12.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 12 (Level 9 in Mobile version).

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 15.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • "Flame Retard" (fire immunity) - Get a Gold Medal (by dealing with ten emergencies).

Vehicles

Notes

  • After completing the Karmageddon mission in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, one of the fire trucks parked at the fire station in Staunton Island (the one parked on the north side of the station) will hereafter trigger the Karmageddon side mission first, with the Firefighter mission offered after completion. The second fire truck on the south side (which is not always parked at the station) will always trigger the Firefighter mission exclusively.

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General

  • Although the fire truck is quite resistant to damage, being able to withstand numerous crashes, it is still recommended that the player drive carefully as the fire truck - like all government vehicles - cannot be repaired at a Pay 'n' Spray.
  • Consult the map and plan your route ahead. It is recommended that players study the map prior to the side mission to know the quickest routes toward the target vehicle(s).
  • The fire truck is big, bulky, difficult to turn and stop, and can pick up a lot of speed before you realize it - these qualities, in a closed urban space like the city streets, can be rather cumbersome. It is suggested to accelerate only when needed in order to have a more controlled way of driving at high speed.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • A glitch in the replay feature of the game can be exploited in order to finish levels instantaneously. By enabling the feature while on a level, the target vehicle(s) will instantly be extinguished after the player has been previewed their replay.
  • It is highly recommended that the side mission be done before the missions Kingdom Come (on Staunton Island) and especially Sayonara Salvatore (on Portland) as the results of these missions render Uptown Yardies and Leone Crime Family gangsters hostile towards Claude respectively.
  • The player does not need to extinguish 20 fires in a single run in order to unlock the Flamethrower reward.
  • Some of the target vehicles may be wanted in the Import/Export side missions, such as the rare Mr. Whoopee ice cream van. The player can simply extinguish the burning vehicle, quit the Firefighter side mission, and bring the extinguished vehicle to the respective Import/Export garage.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • The player can shorten the driving distance between fires by starting the side mission at the northernmost part of Downtown, as the target vehicle(s) will spawn within that district only. However, the disadvantage of doing this method is that lesser time will be given in each level due to the shorter distance between the player and the target vehicle(s). It should also be noted that moving targets that end up near the south border of Downtown or outside it may spawn the targets of the next level outside the district (such as Little Haiti).

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Firefighter is probably the easiest and quickest way to earn money. Not only is it available from the start of the game, but - with a little practice - the player can earn up to $45,000 (by Level 12).
  • It is not recommended to conduct the side mission with a recruited gang member in the passenger seat, as they will open fire when the player uses the fire truck's water cannon - attracting the attention of other gangs (even CJ's own Grove Street Families) that may become hostile to the player during their stay on their territory.
  • It is suggested that the side mission be conducted in open areas such as Red County with its clustered towns, as the player can carefully go off-road to get to the target vehicle(s) faster. In contrast, areas that are steep such as Flint County's hills, Richman and San Fierro's roads are ill-advised as the fire truck can struggle driving upwards.
  • The side mission has been said to be easier to do in Las Venturas, as the entire city is on level ground and is surrounded by the Julius Thruway. When the time bonus is awarded, only the direct distance to the target vehicle(s) is/are accounted for, not any of the detours taken via the thruway.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Portland is considered to be the ideal island to do the side mission due to its simpler road layout compared to the other two islands.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Ensure a safe distance when extinguishing fuel tanker fires as its potential blast can severely damage or even destroy the player's fire truck.
  • It is recommended that the player moves while targeting protesters as some of them may carry molotov cocktails.
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