There have been many diecast fire engines, I’m not especially interested in the engines, I’m more interested in the Fire Chief Cars. The fire chiefs’ cars tend to be very similar to police cars and are equipped with the same variants: (lights or light beacons, sirens, long-range and short-range radio antennas, bumper guards, communications systems, specialized engines, special equipment, etc.). But Fire Chief Cars tend to be red as opposed to white, black or blue commonly used for police vehicles. The specialized markings clearly indicate the Chief’s rank, often making it a focal point at a large emergency scene.
I bought this HW Pursuit this month, it isn’t the usual sort of vehicle I would get being the creation of a Hot Wheels Designer’s imagination. What attracted me was the word “FIRE” along with the red paint and the look of a fast estate car. Designed for high-speed pursuit, this car is even equipped with a jet engine, but it isn’t a Chrysler Turbine. It reminded me, a little, of my first Fire Chief car a Matchbox Ford Galaxie.
The model I have now is rather playworn, the stickers are missing, the paint is chipped and the roof light is missing, too. But it is a regular wheeled Matchbox from the mid sixties (released in 1966) the same casting was used as a Police Car (#55) and Fire Chief Car (#59).
Here we have some more recent Matchbox and a couple of Majorettes. A red Pierce Dash Fire Engine (1:123 scale) , a lime green Ford F 550 Super Duty Fire Truck, a Majorette Toyota Rav 4 (1:50) in “Coastguard” livery, the Ford Galaxie (1:73) and a Majorette Renault Kangoo (1:57) with sliding side door.
I also have a white Fire Rig with ladder, which goes up and down but is not turnable or extendible, unlike some earlier Matchbox Fire Engines.
My final Fire Chief car is this rather attractive 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fire Chief car by Kinsmart in 1:40 scale.
My diecast police cars are very international (see Police Cars of the World) the Fire Chief cars, however, tend to be more American, in other countries the Fire Chief might not have a special vehicle preferring an unmarked car.
A Porsche 911 Fire Chief’s Car…I wonder if the city taxpayers would complain.
I recently bought a Bburago Open and Play Fire Station Set for the Alfa Romeo 156 Fire Chief car (Vigili del Fuoco).