only one of our trucks has a real nickname: the pod carrier is called desert fox, the reason is that it once was in service somewhere in the deserts of Saudi Arabia; it's old, but it runs:
well and for the rest, in some way all kinds of fire trucks in the EU have a kind of nickname, or rather a combination of the abbreviation for the type of vehicle and a number for the vehicle's technical data. Some examples:
Here just a short list of typical trucks with their German translation and then abbreviation:
Command (van/car/truck) - Einsatzleitwagen - ELW
Chief (car) - Kommandowagen - KdoW
Rescue Engine - Hilfeleistungslöschgruppenfahrzeug - HLF
Heavy Rescue (truck) - Rüstwagen - RW
Tanker - Tanklöschfahrzeug - TLF
and so on
Our new KME custom cab pumper is affectionately called 'The Beast" due to it's size.
The local school mascot is the duck, and subsquently all of our trucks have duck themes. The first truck to get a name was our pumper tanker and it is named the "Mad Duck" which is what they were calling the mascot at that time (early 90's). Then we started calling the army surplus brust truck "Brush Duck" then "Brush Duck 2" which is a 99 f250. We have a 00 that replaced the surplus truck and it became Brush Duck as well. Our 2004 tanker is the "Duck Pond" The 95 fast attack pumper we got two years ago is now "Quack Attack", and our air truck is the "Air duck"