The Fire Truck is what it sounds like; a general purpose fire truck with a water cannon that has a few good uses. The Fire Truck has appeared in Grand Theft Auto 1, Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969, Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961, Grand Theft Auto 2, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.
Due to the GTA III Era game engine, where heavier vehicles were very powerful, the Fire Truck can reach high speeds. It's high acceleration value and traction loss makes it susceptible to oversteering and spinning. It is the only vehicle a player can do Firefighter missions in. It can be found infront of fire stations in all the cities. Since this is an emergency vehicle, it has sirens that make cars move out of the way. Its hose can be used to spray pedestrians, knocking them down; in GTA IV, pedestrians and police officers may take this as an assault, and come after you. Drivers also go after the player and ram into them, if their cars are sprayed with the water cannon.
The fire trucks in the GTA III Era are numbered 1 to 6, and there is also an unnumbered one. In GTA San Andreas, there are two types of Fire Truck, the normal San Andreas Fire Department one, and a ladder version.
In GTA IV The MTL "V 24 Supercharged" Pumper serves as the FDLC's standard firefighting apparatus, equipped with a high powered deck mounted water cannon can be operated during operation for putting fires out in a flash. Every fire truck is numbered 69, unlike previous games where they were pseudo-individually numbered.
In GTA IV there are no firefighter missions, unlike previous games. The Fire Truck can be found at fire stations, but it is rarely seen driving around, even after one has started a fire; they can, however, be summoned by dialling 911 and requesting the fire emergency service. Firemen are apparently not coded to put out fires at all, even when called to existing fires -- the fireman usually will say something like "another prank call", as they usually do upon being summoned, and depart.
The Firefighter side mission can be toggled on or off from within a Fire Truck in all GTA III Era games. The mission requires the player to find and extinguish burning vehicles within a time limit.
In every game, except GTA IV, starting a fire will see the fire department send out a fire truck to put out the fire. In Grand Theft Auto 2, completing the Wang Cars side quest unlocks a special version of the Fire Truck, with a flamethrower instead of a water cannon. The fire trucks also spawn at the following locations:
GTA III, GTA Advance and GTA Liberty City Stories
- Fire Station in Harwood, Portland Island, Liberty City
- Fire Station in Belleville Park, Staunton Island, Liberty City
- Fire Station in Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale, Liberty City
GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories
GTA San Andreas
- Building in Commerce near Glen Park, Los Santos
- Fire Station in Doherty, San Fierro (sometimes the ladder version of the fire truck spawns here)
- Fire Station between Redsands East and Redsands West, Las Venturas
- Fire Station on Hardtack Ave, Acter Industrial Park, Alderney.
- Fire Station on Vitullo Ave, Berchem, Alderney.
- Fire Station on Xenotime Ave, Northwood, Algonquin.
- Fire Station on Privateer Rd, Fishmarket South, Algonquin.
- Fire Station on Bronco St, Northern Gardens, Bohan.
- Fire Station on Dillon St, Rotterdam Hill, Broker.
- Fire Station in Francis International Airport, Dukes.