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Fire Apparatus

Fire apparatus includes: 10 (6 frontline, 4 reserve) Type 1 Fire Engines, 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve) Type 3 Fire Engines; 1 Cal OES Type 1 Engine; 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve) Fire Trucks (aerial tiller); 5 Command Vehicles; 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Apparatus (ARFF); 1 Fire Boat; i Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) truck and trailer; 6 Utility Vehicles. Updated May 2024.

Type 1 Fire Engine
Quantity 10 (6 frontline, 4 reserve)


Every Type 1 fire engine is staffed with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer and Firefighter. The Type 1 fire engines that respond from Station 11, 12 and 13 are paramedic engines so at least one of the employees staffed on the engine is also a paramedic.

The Type 1 fire engine is our most common apparatus because of its versatility. It can respond to fires, medical emergencies, vehicle rescues, land rescues, water rescues, hazardous materials incidents, active shooter events, service calls, and much more. Most notably, it excels at fighting fires. When responding to a fire, it is typically assigned to fire suppression (i.e., putting out the fire).

Type 3 Fire Engine
Quantity 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve)


The Type 3 Fire Engine is cross staffed by Station 13's crew (Fire Captain, Fire Engineer and Firefighter/Paramedic).

The Type 3 engine is equipped to respond to medical calls, structure fires, and vegetation fires; however, it excels at fighting fires in the wildland-urban interface. With a 500-gallon tank, robust off-road capabilities, and its ability to perform mobile attack, it extends our ability to go off road and place firefighters on the front lines of vegetation fires. The Type 3 engine can also provide structure protection in wildland environments. This is where a rig positions itself between a vegetation fire and neighborhood or other structure, attacking the fire as it approaches.

Cal OES Type 1 Engine
Quantity 1


The OES Engine is staffed when requested by California's Office of Emergency Services for response to significant incidents like wildland fires, earthquakes or any large scale natural disaster. It is staffed with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer, and 2 Firefighters.

The Cal OES Engine is equipped with a standard equipment cache by the State of California that includes your basic type 1 engine compliment as well as additional items for large scale disasters like wildland fires, earthquakes, floods, etc. During peak fire season this engine is frequently out on assignment throughout the state for a multiple weeks at a time.

Fire Truck (aerial tiller)
Quantity 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve)


The fire truck (also known as an aerial ladder truck or Tiller) is staffed with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer and Firefighter.

Our fire truck can respond to structure fires, vehicle rescues, land rescues, water rescues, hazardous materials incidents, active shooter events, downed wires, and more. Their 100-foot aerial ladders allow for quick access to large buildings such as the Marriott in Downtown Monterey or can provide better visuals for ocean rescues in the bay. When assigned to a fire, fire trucks typically focus on search and rescue, ventilation (opening a hole in a structure to allow heat and smoke to escape), forcible entry, securing utilities, and overhaul of the fire (searching for hidden fire extensions).

Command Vehicle
Quantity 5


Each command vehicle is staffed with one (1) Chief - Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, on-duty Division Chief (operations), Division Chief (training) and Division Chief (back-up operations vehicle).

The command vehicles are outfitted with a command center, in addition to standard firefighting personal protective equipment. It typically responds to calls where multiple units are responding, such as confirmed structure fires, large vegetation fires, rescues, hazardous materials incidents, multiple-patient incidents, and active shooter events. When a chief arrives on scene, they will typically take over as incident command (the first fire captain to arrive at an incident is typically the initial incident commander). In this role, they are responsible for coming up with strategies and tactics to mitigate the incident.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Apparatus (ARFF)
Quantity 2 (1 frontline, 1 reserve)


The ARFF apparatus is staffed with one (1) Fire Engineer.

The ARFF apparatus is well equipped to handle any aircraft emergency at the Monterey Regional Airport. The ARFF carries different types and quantities of extinguishing agents (water, foam, and Purple-K) so it can be prepared for the different types of fires that could occur at the airport (e.g., jet fuel fire).

Fire Boat
Quantity 1


Fireboat 12 is cross staffed with a minimum of two trained firefighters who pilot, pump and navigate the 36 foot aluminum vessel and provide Advanced Lifesaving Support (ALS).

Monterey’s Fireboat is a 24/7 regional asset responsible for water rescue and marine firefighting. With a top speed of 40 mph and pump capacity of 1500 gallon per minute, it is the only active fireboat between San Francisco and Morro Bay. It protects 90,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the city’s two wharves and nearly 600 boats in the Monterey Harbor. Crews also train and work hand in hand with the U.S. Coast Guard and California State Park Lifeguards for responding to emergency calls in Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City, Carmel-by-the-Sea, as well as all mutual aid requests to all coastal agencies on the Monterey Bay. Built by Metalcraft Marine in 2005, it was recently repowered with new 300 horsepower outboard motors and a dedicated 300 horsepower inboard engine for marine firefighting.

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) truck and trailer
Quantity 1

The USAR truck and trailer will respond with 2-3 USAR team members and combine with Monterey County Regional Fire and North County Fire personnel along with apparatus and equipment. All 3 agencies together form the Monterey County USAR team.

A 2023 RAM 5500 pick up truck has been purchased and is currently getting outfitted. It will pull a 28' triple axel goose neck trailer that is currently in production at the manufacturer. The truck and trailer will be loaded with various specialty equipment to mitigate more technical emergencies like confined space rescues, structural collapse, trench rescues, technical rope rescues, back country rescues and more.

Utility Vehicle
Quantity 6


The utilities may be staffed with one or two employees, depending on the need.

The utility vehicles are equipped with basic supplies for responding to medical and basic emergencies. The vehicles may be used to staff additional responding units during extreme weather events to assist with calls such as downed power lines or fallen trees.