Engine Crews are teams of career and temporary agency employees that uphold a tradition of excellence and have solid reputations as multi-skilled professional firefighters.
Crews are used for initial attack, suppression of large fires, support of management ignited fires, patrolling, and providing structure protection. These crews range in size from three to 10 firefighters and work with specialized firefighting equipment and perform many strenuous activities, including construction of fireline with hand tools, hose lays, burnout operations, and mopping up hotspots near the fire's edge.
Wildland fire engines carry special equipment to spray water, foam, and chemicals. The engines are able to carry up to 2,800 gallons of water. Many wildland fire engines are also equipped with four wheel drive and special equipment for off-road use.
Engine crews use many tools for their jobs. The main tool is hose lines and water. Engine crews are skilled in hoselays, fitting identification and use, portable pump setup, use of foam, hosepack construction and deployment, and engine operations. The engines also carry equipment for medical situations and the crews are trained to provide aid to victim's until more qualified responders can get there.
Crews are also trained in line construction and the use of hand tools, chainsaws, radios, and portable pumps.