So... I'm just curious as to some of the general and more specific names given to apparatus from the US and around the world... for example, our pumper is called an engine (yeah, i know alot of people call it that), airel apparatus around our area are refered to as towers, ladders, airel's, trucks... an ambulance is known as a bus or a rig.
More specifically... we have a huge tanker that we call the whale and our older pumper is known as the "popemobile" due to the very high roof on the crew area.
When we put our 6500 gallon tanker, which is a tractor trailer rig, in service it immediately hooked the nick name BIG BERTHA. But due to being a co-ed VFD some claimed that was sorta derogatory to the ladies so when the unit went out for a new paint job with gold lettering and all the trimmings it came back as the "ROLLING HYDRANT" . There are several of these VLTs around our rural area and some have unique names. "BIG RED POND", "LAKE ON WHEELS" "TIDAL WAVE" and one i thought was really neat "SUPER SQUIRT" with a big cartoon on the rear end of the tank!
The rest of our engines, tenders and service trucks are under a numbering system. Each station has a 3 digit number starting at 500. My station is A-500 and as station captain I am A-510, my assistant is A-511 and our engine is
A-512, Tanker is 513 and our service / rescue engine is 514. our district covers 400+ square miles, we have 12 stations and 30 units.
Our engines are called engines when referring to the company but most use the name wagon(as in hose wagon since we used to have two piece engines) when referring to the piece. The position for drivers is even wagon driver. Then we use truck, not aerial or ladder.
As far as more specific ones, each company has a nickname. Most have the name of their neighborhood on the front of the piece, but some also have other nicknames on the side. Some examples are:
10 Engine(Trinidad) = House of Pain or The Dime
5 Engine(Georgetown) = The Nickel
11 Engine(Columbia Heights) = The House of Flame
3 Engine(Capitol Hill) = Capitol Protectors or Columbia(named after the original Columbia Fire Department when it protected the Capitol)
15 Engine(Anacostia) = Hell's Kitchen
19 Engine = Southeast Soldiers
27 Engine(Deanwood) = Deanwood Demons
21 Engine(Adams Morgan) = Alley Rats
4 Engine = The Hornets Nest
16 Engine(Franklin Square) = The Midnight Express
*Neighborhood name in parenthesis which is usually the name on the front below the windshield.
We have a old Chevy pick up (brush-26) that has a 350, Edelbrock carb, headers, and strait pipes lol I call it "The Beast" you can hear me coming weather the siren is on or not lmao I will put some pictures of it on here when I take some....
We have a 1952 International Luverne we affectionately call "Luvie." She was built at the Luverne engine works in Luverne, Minnesota, and was retired from active service in 2007 at the Vesta (MN) Volunteer Fire Department. She will become a parade truck.
In Texas a "tanker" is a truck that carries water. (We're slowly introducing the term "tender.")
An engine with a large tank is called a "pumper tanker."
An ambulance is call a "box."
A brush rig is just a "brush truck."
Our rescue is called a "squad."