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Fire Apparatus - Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is one of the largest in the United States. The airport property is ringed by five fire stations that house both municipal and airport equipment. A soon to be constructed sixth station will be built. I was truly impressed with the variety of equipment the department has at their disposal. Also on the property is the county and local communitiesí fire training facility that is located at Station 4. I want to thanks those fellow firefighters for the hospitality afforded me on my visit to the various stations. Thanks guys.

Last updated November 27, 2004


The wonderful Red Ant is the honored mascot of the DFW International Airport FD. There is a story about a plane crash and when their trucks were red. The pilot of the crashed jet commented over the radio that all the red fire trucks looked like a bunch of red ants and the name stuck. Click on image for a larger view.


Check out the very unique gold pin stripping that separates the yellow from the white on the municipal trucks in the department. Click on image for a larger view.


This giant tour bus is the mobile command center for the airport and is used during emergencies. Equipped with numberous television feeds, onboard camera, all kinds of communications gear, wide-screen televisions, etc, etc. Click on image for a larger view.


One of several E-One crash trucks that is found on the DFW Airport property. This is a 1997 model. Click on image for a larger view.


This is a E-One/Bronto assigned to Station 4. The ladder is an articulated one with the basket tucked amidship under the main portion of the ladder. Another unique feature of this truck is the pump controls are behind the roll-up door behind the cab. Click on image for a larger view.


I believe this Ford midipumper is the only one at the DFW International Airport. It is used to responde to grassfires and small incidents of that nature. Click on image for a larger view.


Ladder 55 is assigned to the main station at the entrance to the airport. It is a 2001 Pierce Dash with a 61' ladder. The "Ants" pin stripping is on this truck. Click on image for a larger view.


This is a one of a kind apparatus used as a fan truck. The fan mounted on the extendable platform produces 118,000 cubic feet a minute of air. The truck is a 2004 Peterbilt and the unit is identified as MVU 60. Click on image for a larger view.


I saw the sister to this 2004 Oskosh Striker at the IAFC Show in New Orleans. This one was on duty at Station 2. This monster is an 8 wheel drive and capable of speeds in excess of 80 mph. Click on image for a larger view.


This was a North American (airline) 767 that just landed with troops from Iraq. This crash truck and another crash truck will shortly form a water arch for the plane to pass under. This was called a "Washdown" and is a ceremonial event. The image of the water arch is coming soon and was shot with slide film. All of the images of the DFW International Airport were shot with my Nikon 5700 digital camera. Click on image for a larger view.

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