How Much Water Does a Fire Truck Hold?

Fire trucks are vital pieces of equipment for any city or town. They extinguish fires, protect lives, and prevent property damage. This article will explore some interesting facts and figures about fire trucks.


How Much Water Do Fire Trucks Hold?

Fire trucks carry between 750 to 1000 gallons of water. Some trucks can hold up to 2000 gallons, depending on the size and the fire department’s needs. Firefighters pump water through a hose, which can be up to 100 feet long, and the pump on a fire truck can pump up to 1500 gallons of water per minute.

How Many Feet of Hose Does a Fire Truck Carry?

A typical fire pumper carries at least 15 feet of hose, but the standard requirement is 20 feet. Many have 1200 feet of 2 1/2 inch or larger hose. The length and type of hose are dictated by the needs of the fire department and the specific terrain where the truck will be used.

What is the Pumping Capacity of Fire Trucks?

The pumping capacity of fire trucks depends on the size of the hose, but they can pump between 1000 and 1500 gallons per minute. The truck carries between 500 and 750 gallons of water, so it can pump for a few minutes before needing to be refilled. This is why multiple fire trucks are often required to pump water simultaneously.

How Much Water Can a Fire Hydrant Provide?

Fire hydrants can provide between 500 and 1000 gallons per minute (GPM), with some capable of delivering up to 2000 GPM. This is enough to support several fire hoses at once.

Do Firefighters Use Regular Water?

Firefighters use whatever water sources are available to them. They can connect hoses to a fire hydrant, draw water from a residential swimming pool, or use their water sources at facilities, reservoirs, and ponds.

How Do Fire Trucks Refill Water?

Fire trucks refill their water tanks quickly and efficiently using a drop tank. A drop tank is an aboveground pool with about 2,000 gallons of water. The fire truck drives next to the drop tank and uses a hose to transfer the water. This process can be completed in just a few minutes, allowing the fire truck to get back into action quickly.


Fire trucks are essential pieces of equipment for any community. They help firefighters put out fires and protect lives and property. Understanding the facts and figures about fire trucks can help us appreciate their vital role in keeping our communities safe.

About the author, Laurence Perkins

Laurence Perkins is the passionate car enthusiast behind the blog My Auto Machine. With over a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Perkins has knowledge and experience with a wide range of car makes and models. His particular interests lie in performance and modification, and his blog covers these topics in-depth. In addition to his own blog, Perkins is a respected voice in the automotive community and writes for various automotive publications. His insights and opinions on cars are highly sought-after.