How much does a fire truck weigh?

My son was watching a show on TV the other day that had a lot of fire trucks in it and he asked me how much one weighs. I gave him a number, but now I’m curious—how much does a fire truck actually weigh?

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Answer provided by
Sarah Gray
Answered on Jun 20, 2022
I’d be lying if I said I’d never given a random answer to a child when they ask a question like that, so don’t feel bad. The average fire truck can weigh from 19 to 30 tons, which translates to 38,000 to 60,000 pounds.
Ultimately, a fire truck’s weight will depend on the type of truck and whether it’s carrying water or not—but even when empty, a fire truck still weighs around 11,500 to 14,500 pounds, making for some pretty gnarly gas mileage.
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