Fire chief's vehicle

A fire chief's vehicle, also called a chief unit, fire chief's car, battalion chief's vehicle, Fly Car, Fly Vehicle, fire car or command vehicle is the car used by a fire chief at fire scenes.[1][2][3][4][5] Its specialized markings clearly indicate the Chief's rank.[6]

In the 19th century chief's vehicles were horse-drawn, and known as a Chief's buggy.[7][8] After 1900 most fire departments rapidly moved to the use of the automobile as the fire chief's car.[9][10][11]

In the United States, modern fire chiefs' cars tend to be very similar to police cars (except the car will usually be all red) and are equipped with lightbars or light beacons, sirens and long-range and short-range radios.[12] Many fire departments in the United States use modified SUVs as their chief response vehicle.[13] Each fire chief's vehicle can be driven/operated by an assistant to the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Division Chief or Battalion Chief known as a Chief's Driver, Chief's Aide, Chief's Operator, or Incident Support Specialist.

In the United Kingdom, the Station Managers car (Fire Chief) is usually unmarked and personally owned by the Manager. The car will be fitted out with the necessary equipment such as blue lights and sirens.

See also


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  6. David Traiforos; Arn Nowicki (25 January 2016). Detroit Fire Department. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-4396-5547-4.
  7. Randy W. Baumgardner (February 2005). Oakland Fire Department: 1869-2004. Turner Publishing Company. pp. 20–. ISBN 978-1-56311-928-6.
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  10. Geoffrey Hunter (2005). Oakland Fire Department. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 29–. ISBN 978-0-7385-2968-4.
  11. Fred Thirkell; Bob Scullion (1996). Postcards from the Past: Edwardian Images of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Heritage House Publishing Co. pp. 39–. ISBN 978-1-895811-23-0.
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  13. Fire Engineering. Technical Pub. 1993.
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