firetruck fords flood waters

As far as emergency vehicles go, they don't come much tougher than a fire truck. The rigs which firefighters use to respond to all manner of emergencies are built to get them there, with all the gear they need, help them get the victims out and suppress the fire itself. But every once in a while, even machines as tough-as-nails as fire trucks manage to impress us with their damn-the-odds capabilities.

In this video clip below, the fire department in Longmont, Colorado, responds to the scene of floodwaters that had overspilled the banks of the St. Vrain River. The waters were high enough to reach the windshield of the rig, but that apparently didn't deter the rescue workers from plowing through. Even with this truck's undoubtedly massive weight, we're pretty sure this isn't the safest thing to do, but we applaud the firefighters' damn-the-torpedoes bravery all the same.