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.


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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's a fine line between bravery and stupidy. I think that line is about half way up the windshield.
      S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That could have gone bad really quick - think of hitting a submerged piece of anything, a sink hole, etc. And those firetrucks aren't cheap to fix. But on the otherside, if I were stranded I sure would be happy they took the risk.
      maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      Videos like this just give a glimpse of how bad it is out here. There are literally thousands of homes completely destroyed, many lives lost and the infrastructure of that part of the state is GONE. 30 bridges have been completely destroyed and many small towns are completely inaccessible now because the road got washed away. It is going to take years to fully recover from this and I wouldn't be surprised if some of these small mountain towns are completely abandoned. After years and years of forest fires, this was the last thing we needed.
      yesaninsider
      • 1 Year Ago
      I assume there\'s a snorkel/intake on the roof/somewhere up high? Because if not, they\'re lucky they got through that! Brave men indeed...
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Makes me wonder, do firetrucks have built in "snorkels" like what you can get for your 4X4? I don't know much about these trucks, but it seems like the whole motor which rests beneath the cab was submerged during that entire video. How did the engine keep breathing?
        Lastchance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        The standard firetruck does not have a snorkel or 4 wheel drive. It's basically a custom body on top of a heavy duty truck frame, probably a Peterbilt, international etc. They are lucky it didn't die in the middle of the water. But it is worth the risk if they have no other choice. The truck can be written off as a loss which it probably will be after days of being submerged in water. The engine probably is water logged and will need to be rebuilt or replaced. Fire trucks are considered expendable in extreme cases like this. I use to be on a volunteer fire dept in CT.
      Mtnmedic76
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im a medic in Boulder and I can tell you that although we didn't run our ambulances through anything nearly that deep, we did kill several alternators on some Sprinters and E350s from water damage. It was a really difficult situation trying to get to people who needed our help without becoming people who need help.
      RCinAZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Incredible... some serious stones on the guy driving
      thecornfedmule
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fire Truck Ain't Care...
      BahamaTodd
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess these things are just built for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTIsA_CTEfw
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Firetruck don't float.
      Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bravery? If this doesn't reek of stupidity, I don't know what does.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott
        Keep that in mind if you're ever stuck in flood waters and no one comes to rescue you. I'm sure you'll understand "sorry, we don't want to damage our truck."
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be interesting to see the repair bill on this truck after that little adventure, that is why they have the National guard, these guys could have all been lost along with the million dollar truck....STUPID!
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @groingo
        And the national guard can't be everywhere. It takes all emergency responders in a situation like this. Besides, if this is a normal engine you're overstating the price by about 500k. You'd need a tower/ladder to really start approaching that price range.
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