A fire engine is designed to carry 500 gallons of water and pumps water from a hydrant - generally 1,500 gallons per minute. A fire truck is designed to carry ladders, special rescue equipment, and other special fire fighting equipment along with an elevating ladder. Garland operates seven fire engines.
We also operate five quints. A quint is like a fire truck in that it carries an elevating ladder and all of the equipment of a fire truck, but also carries up to 500 gallons of water and can pump water from the hydrant like a fire engine. A quint can do the job of both. Quints are much more expensive than an engine or truck.