After seeing the Romanian Ghe-O Rescue, we couldn't think of a more ultimate fire truck, but a reader – and volunteer firefighter – from Portugal aimed to prove us wrong. Meet the Jacinto Veiculo Florestal de Combate a Incêndio (VFCI), which translates to Forest Fire Fighting Vehicle.

Jacinto upfits a full range of fire trucks ranging from a Jeep Wrangler up to your typical ladder trucks, but our favorite is the monstrous VFCI. From what we can tell in the company's promotional video, this truck is specially built to fight fires deep in the woods, and is equipped with four-wheel-drive, a 792-gallon water tank, 18,000-pound winch and six-passenger seating including a breathing system. To help best protect the truck and its occupants, Jacinto has wrapped all exposed wiring in fireproof sleeves and installed external cooling sprinklers.

The VFCI featured in the video is based on a Man Truck (owned by Volkswagen), but it sounds like this truck can also be based on the Mercedes Unimog. Check it out, below.


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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ghe-O is cooler (never thought I'd ever say such a thing, but I have to remember there's an h and a dash in there...) but the VFCI is probably way more practical.
      João Carlos Santos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Portugal!
      Michael Marcelo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Adoro o bigodinho do bombeiro que commenta o truck
      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watch out Romania, Portugal's firetruck manufacturers put much more time and money into their promotional videos!
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ghe-O is WAYYYYYYYYYYY more cool.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just google Oshkosh firetruck and see some real BF firetrucks. For airports and off road.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should have called this Vlad Truck based on the king of old Romania days - Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler.
      David G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spain also makes a damn good fire truck called the URO M3-24.14 The same company makes a HMMVesque vehicle that is remarkable in its own might.
      brodieros
      • 1 Year Ago
      this junk will sink like a rock
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'d suppose heavy snow winter countries all need creatures like this. Good find AB!
      Robert Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Off Road Fire Trucks like the example shown in the video maybe unusual in North America ,but very very common in Australia. Every small community located in rural areas has a Isuzu 4x4 similar in size and capability to the Portuguese one.