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The player extinguishing a fire in GTA San Andreas.

The Firefighter side mission is an optional vehicle mission that can be toggled on or off from within a Fire Truck in every 3D Universe game and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

The mission requires the player to find and extinguish burning vehicles and pedestrians within a time limit.

GTA III

In Grand Theft Auto III, each level consists of one burning vehicle which must be extinguished.

GTA Vice City - GTA Vice City Stories

From Grand Theft Auto: Vice City onward, the mission becomes more difficult as higher levels may consist of a burning vehicle that is still occupied and driving around frantically, or multiple burning vehicles and their occupants, all of which must be extinguished within the time limit. Even more problematic, once a burning vehicle containing passengers is extinguished, they exit the vehicle and run in all directions, still burning. The player must chase after the victims and extinguish them, while being careful not to kill any of them with the truck, as this results in mission failure (In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and occasionally in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, some victims will run into the water if they are near it, extinguishing themselves).

An exception is made in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas where the burning vehicles don't drive away as in the previous game, the occupants however will still run away once their car is extinguished.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the mission works a little different and if a victim dies only some seconds of the time will be taken rather than mission failure. Leaving the fire truck gives a time limit to return to one before the failure of the mission.

GTA Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the side mission (now named Fire Fighter) has changed significantly: along with putting out vehicle fires, the player also has the added tasks of dealing with building fires and "non-violently" silencing protesters.

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Flamethrower Delivered to Hideouts - Extinguish 20 Fires in all three islands.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 12.

Grand Theft Auto Advance

  • Flamethrower Delivered to Hideouts - Extinguish 20 Fires in all three islands.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Level 1 - $ 200
  • Level 2 - $ 450
  • Level 3 - $ 800
  • Level 4 - $ 1250
  • Level 5 - $ 1800
  • Level 6 - $ 2450
  • Level 7 - $ 3200
  • Level 8 - $ 4050
  • Level 9 - $ 5000
  • Level 10 - $ 6050
  • Level 11 - $ 7200
  • Level 12 - $ 13450 or a total of $ 45900
  • Becoming Fireproof (Complete Level 12)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 12 (Level 9 in Mobile version).

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Becoming Fireproof - Complete Level 15.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • "Flame Retard" (becoming fireproof) - Get a Gold Medal (by dealing with ten emergencies).

Completing the firefighter side-mission will either give the player a flamethrower at the safehouse or turn the protagonist fireproof. The fireproof bonus may be useful for some missions such as Burning Desire, End of the Line or Light My Pyre.

Vehicles

Notes

  • After completing the Karmageddon mission in GTA Liberty City Stories, one of the fire trucks parked at the fire station in Staunton Island (the one parked on the north side of the station) will hereafter trigger the Karmageddon side mission first, with the Firefighter mission offered after completion. The second fire truck on the south side (which is not always parked at the station) will always trigger the Firefighter mission exclusively.

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Tips

  • Look at the map and plan your route ahead.
  • The fire truck is big, bulky, difficult to turn, difficult to stop, and can pick up a lot of speed before you realize it, all qualities which in a closed urban space like a city can be rather cumbersome. Retort to release the acellerator while still moving, so as to have a more controlled way of driving at high speed.
  • Although the fire truck is pretty resistant and can withstand a handful of crashes, don't overdo it as it can't be repaired in the Pay 'n' Spray.
  • In GTA III, there is a glitch which allows the player to complete the mission in 1 minute. Simply press F1 (For PC), when the highlighted car shows up. Repeat this method to finish the mission. It is most helpful at the final part of the side-mission, in Shoreside Vale, where long distances, few options to travel from one island to the other, and limited time can make complete the mission in the normal way nearly impossible.
  • If you want to complete the side-mission in GTA III the normal way, do it early as over the course of the game multiple gangs will become hostile and shoot at the player, rendering nearly impossible to complete this mission.
  • It would be convenient to do the Taxi Driver side-mission first, to get used to driving around Liberty without a map and know the main points in the city.
  • Although you need at least 20 fires extinguished in each island to unlock the flamethrower in your safehouses, you don't have to do it in a single run. So, you can be at Portland and extinguish 9 fires, stop the mission, then at some moment later extinguish 11 to complete the required 20, then stop the mission and wait until Staunton is unlocked, and then follow doing the same.
  • Some of the vehicles that spawn are wanted in the Import/Export side-quest, like the ice cream van.
  • In GTA Vice City, the player can shorten the driving distance between fires by starting the mission at the very peak of Downtown. Each level's fires will be located in the Downtown area. However, shorter driving distance means less time given on levels. Furthermore, fires will start to be in different locations if burning cars/victims manage to drive or run to the outer limits of Downtown, causing the next fire to be somewhere else such as Little Haiti (tested on PS4 version).
  • In San Andreas it's advisable to conduct the Firefighter mission in one of the small towns where the distances between fires will be smaller. However, avoid attempting the mission in an area that is particularly hilly, such as Angel Pine as the fire truck has a tendency to flip and flaming drivers will often run into inaccessible (by fire truck) areas. Another good place to complete these missions is in southern Los Santos, but make sure to start somewhere like Playa del Seville so you don't get stuck in northeastern Los Santos, which is very hilly. Likewise, San Fierro is not a good area to complete these missions.
  • After unlocking Las Venturas, the mission is even easier there, because the entire city and the surrounding county is on level ground; you can enter and leave the highway system as well as switch to the opposite lane at almost any time. When the time bonus is awarded, only the direct distance to the burning vehicles is accounted for, not any detours needed to climb onto a highway.
  • The firefighter mission is probably the easiest way to earn quick cash in San Andreas, it can be performed even at the very start of the game and it is not difficult to reach lvl12, which will net the player approximately $45,000. It is easiest to initiate the mission on the coast of Los Santos, where the land is flat and there are no over/underpasses.
  • In GTA SA and GTA LCS, every burning car is Tip-Proof.
  • Similarly, in Liberty City Stories it's considered easier to complete Firefighter in the initial Portland Island area, as the road layout in the other two boroughs is more complicated.