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Fire apparatus are vehicles designed to carry firefighters and their equipment to the scene of an emergency.  Every Charlotte Fire Department engine company is a triple combination class A pumper. Our Engine Companies carry water, hose, ground ladders, and are equipped with a minimum of a 1500 gallon per minute fire pump. In addition to firefighting equipment, all Charlotte engines have life-saving EMS equipment, and an assorted cache of basic haz-mat, and rescue equipment.
Charlotte Ladder Companies carry the same equipment as an engine company, but also have 105 foot ladders to gain access to victims, help firefighters gain access to the roofs of buildings, and provide an elevated large stream of water to fight fires.  They have additional complement of assorted tools such as pike poles, axes, ventilation fans, saws, and rescue equipment.
Fire truck at scene of house fire