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Most tankers have an on-board pumping system. This pump is often not of sufficient power to fight fires (as it is designed to be attached to a fire engine), but is more often used to draw water into the tender from hydrants or other water sources. In some areas, the tenders are used to pump water during floods, and may be fitted with a heavier duty pump for this purpose. Many tankers are equipped with fast-drain valves on the sides and back of the truck. This allows firefighters to empty thousands of gallons of water into a in just a few seconds.

An , or "crash rig", is a specialized fire engine designed for use at in accidents. Some of the features that make the crash rigs unique are their ability to move on rough terrain outside the and airport area, large water capacity as well as a tank, a high-capacity pump, and water/foam . Newer vehicles also incorporate nozzles/injection systems to inject a stream of dry chemical into the AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Fluroprotein) foam stream, which "flattens" the fire faster. Some also have Halotron tanks with handlines for fires which must be extinguished with a dry chemical similar to the ones which can be found in a fire extinguisher. These features give the airport crash tenders a capability to reach an airplane rapidly, and rapidly extinguish large fires with involved.

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Some fire engines have a fixed , also known as a master stream, which directs a heavy stream of water to wherever the operator points it. An additional feature of engines are their preconnected , commonly referred to as . The preconnects are attached to the engine's onboard water supply and allow firefighters to quickly mount an aggressive attack on the fire as soon as they arrive on scene. When the onboard water supply runs out, the engine is connected to more permanent sources such as or and can also use natural sources such as rivers or reservoirs by .

The standard fire engine is an designed primarily for operations. The primary purpose of the engine is transporting to the scene, providing a limited supply of water with which to fight the fire, and carrying tools, equipment, and hoses needed by the firefighters. The tools carried on the fire engine will vary greatly based on many factors including the size of the department and what sort of terrain the department must handle. For example, departments located near large bodies of water or rivers are likely to have some sort of equipment. Standard tools found on nearly all fire engines include , (often referred to as the ), , , , , and .