Brush truck (pictured): Known as a Type 6 and mounted on a 3/4- or 1-ton chassis with off-road capability, this firefighting vehicle carries 200 to 300 gallons of water, plus hoses and tools. It's often used to fight wildland fires, and is labeled with a "B," paired with the fire station number where it's based.
Heavy rescue: A firefighting vehicle equipped with rescue equipment for extrication of people from vehicles or rescues from heights, such as Garden of the Gods rocks.
Hot shot crew: A ground crew of 20 firefighters, who usually work for the Forest Service, who use pulaski tools, chain saws and other equipment to inhibit advance of a wildland fire.
ICP: Incident Command Post, the hub from which a firefighting effort is directed, containing commanders, weather forecasters, logistics experts and the like.
Pyrocumulus cloud: A cloud that builds over a fire and contains a collection of particulates and moisture released by burning fuels. Such clouds can dissipate or collapse if they become too heavy.
Strike team: A team composed of resources of the same type, assembled to meet a tactical objective with common communications and leadership. Typically, a strike team is four or more resources.
Task force: A team composed of resources of different types, assembled to meet a tactical objective with common communications and leadership. Typically, a task force also contains four or more resources.
Type 1 engine: A firefighting vehicle that carries 500 gallons of water and can pump 1,000 gallons per minute. It does not go off-road. Though the city has engines in reserve that are labeled differently, generally a Type 1 engine is labeled "E," followed by the number of the station at which it's based.
Type 1 team: The federal Forest Service's most elite and highly trained firefighting team, assigned to the most complex incidents. The team consists of an incident commander and experts in weather forecasting, logistics, finances, communications and firefighting. While the team and engine share the Type 1 name, there's no direct connection between them.
Wildland engine: A vehicle that can carry up to 500 gallons of water and firefighting tools and, due to a shorter wheel base, can go off-road. It's typically called a Type 3 engine and is named "WL" followed by the station number.
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