Emergency Vehicles: Can You Identify More Than 30?

By: Jonnathan Chadwick

Emergency Vehicles: Can You Identify More Than 30?
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About This Quiz

A minor injury can turn into a dire emergency simply based on location. If you're sitting on your couch with a swollen ankle, you'll probably be fine. Just elevate it, ice it, heat it and do whatever you need to relax. If you're in the middle of a remote hike with a swollen ankle, however, you're not going to be fine. There's nothing like having to hop down a rocky, three-mile hike to really appreciate the ingenuity of emergency vehicles around the world.

If you live a life of travel and adventure, you've undoubtedly found yourself in a location where you thought to yourself, "If I get hurt here, nobody will reach me." The good news is, that's not true. If you've seen some of the emergency response vehicles in this world, you'd know that no place is out of reach. Whether you're snowbound in the Swiss Alps or lost in an underwater cave system, there is an emergency vehicle that can reach you.

It's almost impossible to go a day without seeing at least one police car, ambulance or fire truck, but after that, how many emergency vehicles do you usually see? Do you even know how many different types of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances exist? There's a lot, and old police cars, ambulances and fire trucks get converted into other emergency vehicles. Let's see if you've seen them all. Can you name more than 30 of these emergency vehicles?

1 Police car In America, these cars are usually made by Ford. In Dubai, they're made by Lamborghini. What are they?
Traffic control
Fire truck
Police car
UAB officials have done a great job marketing Dubai as one of the richest cities in the world, and to really drive the point home, the police force is equipped with Lamborghini squad cars. Most police forces use domestic car manufacturers.
Ambulance

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Ambulance It's usually faster to call one of these roaming hospitals than driving to the hospital yourself. What vehicle is this?
Fire truck
Rescue truck
Ambulance
Ambulances roam the streets or are stationed at neighborhood fire stations. They don't sit at the hospital waiting for a 911 call. That's why it's faster to call an ambulance than to drive to the hospital. There might be an ambulance patrolling your street. Also, ambulances are loaded with equipment needed for most emergencies.
Police car

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3 Fire truck Do you know this red truck equipped with ladder and hose?
Police car
Fire truck
There are three main emergency vehicles: police cars, ambulances and fire trucks. They all have different sirens and perform different functions, and the fire truck is the largest of the three vehicles. Unlike ambulances, these things aren't roaming the streets. They're on-call at firehouses.
Rescue truck
Ambulance

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Police motorcycle This is the perfect vehicle for weaving through traffic in an emergency. What is it?
Traffic control bike
Police motorcycle
Police officers patrol the streets using a variety of vehicles, and the motorcycle is ideal for getting to accidents or crime scenes in tight locations. Every time you see a police funeral procession or motorcade, you'll likely see a few officers up front riding motorcycles.
Fire bike
Riot control vehicle

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5 Kaman K-MAX Do you know this helicopter that can lift more than it weighs?
Bell UH-1 Iroquois
Kaman K-MAX
The Kaman K-MAX has been in use for decades and this is the chopper you want to see if you're trapped behind a heavy object in the middle of nowhere. It is used for rescue efforts around the world, but is also used as an aerial crane. A wrecking ball can be attached to the vehicle to use in demolitions.
Sikorsky R-4
Bell 212

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6 Park ranger SUV You might see this truck patrolling your local state park. What is it called?
Rescue vehicle
Oil cleanup truck
Park ranger SUV
All parks have rangers (even golf courses) and they all have different job functions. Golf course rangers might drive around in a golf cart, and state park rangers will likely use an SUV like this. Ranger vehicles usually feature a design unique to the park or area.
Rehab truck

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7 Air ambulance What do you call a helicopter outfitted with emergency medical supplies, equipment and personnel?
Air tanker
Air ambulance
An air ambulance is used for emergencies in remote areas (e.x. Australian outback, Swiss Alps). It is equipped with everything needed and is usually the only hopes of survival in some situations. Australia and Switzerland run two of the world's most efficient air rescue services.
Helitanker
Air rescue plane

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8 747 Supertanker Can you name the largest aerial firefighter in the world?
747 Supertanker
The Boeing 747 Supertanker can carry close to 19,000 gallons of water or flame retardant, but there is only one of these things in active use. The DC-10 is also well-known around the world and can carry 12,000 gallons of water and release it in under eight seconds.
CH-47 Chinook
DC-10 Airtanker
Sikorsky Blackhawk

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9 ATV What's the name of this vehicle that emergency personnel might use when conducting a mountain rescue?
Snowcat
BearCat G3
Snowmobile
ATV
An ATV is an all-terrain vehicle and officers and rangers frequently use them to patrol all-terrain areas like mountains and parks. Sometimes they are the only vehicle capable of reaching someone for rescue or medical services.

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32 Snowmobile Do you know this vehicle that is used for snowy emergency services?
ATV
Snowmobile
If you're familiar with snow activities like snowshoeing, skiing or even snowmobiling, you should be used to seeing safety personnel patrolling the area on snowmobiles. Safety officers and medical personnel at ski resorts rely heavily on these vehicles for getting around.
Ambulance
Snowcat

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12 Titusville_Police_K9_Unit What's the name of this truck used to transport police dogs?
Prisoner transport bus
Police K-9 Vehicle
A police K-9 vehicle is a normal police SUV equipped with a kennel or partition to keep the dog safe and comfortable. Not all police officers ride around with police dogs. There are about a dozen dog breeds used as police dogs, and the most famous is the German shepherd.
Oshkosh Striker
Canine bus

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SWAT vehicle Do you know the name of this heavy duty police vehicle?
SWAT truck
A SWAT truck is a military-grade armored vehicle used for non-military operations. The Cadillac-Gage V150, M113 APC and Lenco BearCat are some of the most popular SWAT vehicles in use in America. Almost any van, SUV, ambulance or truck can be converted to a SWAT vehicle.
IAV Stryker
Riot control truck
Oshkosh Striker

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14 Heavy rescue vehicle What's the name of this specialty emergency vehicle equipped with things like electrical generators and the Jaws of Life?
Heavy rescue vehicle
The Jaws of Life is essentially a hydraulic-powered pair of scissors that can cut a car in half. It's used to cut people out of cars, and you won't find these in your normal police car, ambulance or fire truck. The heavy rescue vehicle is usually a converted fire truck equipped with specialty equipment.
CH-47 Chinook
MH-65 Dolphin
Oshkosh Striker

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15 Snowcat Can you name this truck equipped with snowmobile tracks?
Snow sled
Snowcat
If you've seen the movie "The Shining," you're familiar with the Snowcat and its rescue capabilities in blizzard conditions. The Snowcat is simply the only vehicle that can travel on some roads in certain conditions. If you were trapped in the middle of a blizzard, this might be the only vehicle able to rescue you.
Snow rescue vehicle
ATV snowmobile

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16 Hazmat truck What's the name of this vehicle used to clean up hazardous materials?
Hazmat truck
There are no special requirements for a vehicle to be considered a hazmat truck, but it does have to be equipped with certain tools, most notably radiation detectors and pH meters. The vehicle is used to assess hazardous areas before personnel enter the region.
Heavy rescue truck
Oshkosh Striker
Oil cleanup truck

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17 Mil MI-26 This is the largest helicopter in the world. What is it called?
Mil MI-26
This chopper is a beast and has been used for the biggest emergency operations in the world. In 1999 it was used to transport a 25-ton block of dirt containing the remains of a 23,000-year-old woolly mammoth. In 1986 it was used to control the Chernobyl disaster.
HC-130 Hercules
Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk
CH-47 Chinook

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18 Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk If you were trapped in the middle of a storm in the ocean, this is the vehicle you'd want to see coming to the rescue. What is it?
Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk
If you take the U.S. Army's Blackhawk and modify it for the sea, you get the SH-60 Seahawk. This thing can land and take off from almost any ship and can handle any type of naval warfare. Most importantly, this is the chopper the U.S. Navy uses to conduct medical evacuations, search and rescue missions and deliver supplies.
Kazan Ansat
Bell 212
Boeing CH-47 Chinook

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19 JERRV Can you name this Army vehicle that is used for bomb disposal?
JERRV
JERRV stands for Joint EOD Rapid Response Vehicle, and it's an armored vehicle that can withstand bomb blasts. It is used to transport bomb disposal experts to bomb sites and it can deflect bomb blasts. Not all EOD vehicles look like this. This is the best of the best in EOD vehicles. Civilian versions aren't as armored.
Lenco BearCat
Oshkosh Striker
IAV Stryker

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20 Sled stretcher If you get into a ski accident, you might travel down the mountain in this vehicle. What is it?
ATV sled
Snowmobile
Snowcat
Sled stretcher
A typical stretcher only works when the wheels can roll on the ground. If you break your leg on a ski slope for example (knock on wood), you'd be put on a sled and carefully guided down the mountain. You'll also likely be zipped up (like in a sleeping bag) or curled up (like a taco) as you're transported.

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21 Riot control vehicle What's the name of this armored truck used to manage rowdy crowds?
JERRV
Oshkosh Striker
Riot control vehicle
A riot control vehicle is a fairly intimidating vehicle and it can be equipped with shields and water hoses to impose even more intimidation. It's used to control large crowds, and is usually used in conjunction with military formations to move and shape crowds.
IAV Stryker

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22 prisoner transport vehicle Do you know this police vehicle that looks like a school bus for criminals?
IAV Stryker
Prisoner transport vehicle
The textbook prisoner transport vehicle looks like an old school bus painted black and reinforced with extra security measures like locked windows and stronger doors, but they come in all shapes and sizes. Some prisoners are even transported via air travel.
Heavy rescue vehicle
JERRV

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23 Conair Can you name the largest prison transportation service in the world?
Australian Flying Convicts
American Convict Service
Con Air
The official name for Con Air is the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, and JPATS planes are used to fly convicts all over the country. JPATS planes are allowed to operate during almost any emergency. When all planes were grounded during 9/11, for example, JPATS planes were allowed to fly.
Royal Criminal Transport

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24 NYPD traffic cop car The officer driving this car might give you a parking ticket when you're not looking. What vehicle is this?
Ambulance
Decoy car
Traffic control car
If you just entered the police force, you might expect to get stuck doing traffic duty. Traffic officers patrol the streets in these cars and they only deal with traffic violations. Traffic cops don't pursue criminals who are on foot. They pursue violators in motor vehicles.
Unmarked cop car

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25 neighborhood patrol car You may see this vehicle patrolling a gated community. What is it?
Segway
Heavy rescue truck
University campus police
Neighborhood patrol car
Some neighborhoods employ security guards and neighborhood watch units to protect the area and they look different everywhere. You may have even seen Shomrim in some locations, which are volunteer civilian patrols protecting Jewish communities.

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26 Vacuum truck What's the name of this truck used to suck up sewage?
Vacuum truck
You may not think of a sewage vacuum truck as a typical emergency vehicle, but if your plumbing backs up and sewage spews into your home, this will be the most important emergency vehicle you've ever seen. It is designed to suck up sewage from a location and store it in a tank.
Oshkosh Striker
Heavy rescue truck
Fire truck

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27 Bloodmobile_in_Fortuna Can you name this donation vehicle commonly found in busy public places?
Bloodmobile
Bloodmobiles are used in emergency situations to collect blood from eligible donors. Blood is one of the most precious things one can donate on Earth, and during catastrophes, the need for blood skyrockets.
IAV Stryker
Prisoner transport bus
Heavy rescue vehicle

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28 EMS vehicle Do you know the name of this vehicle sometimes known as a "sprinter ambulance"?
Oshkosh Stryker
EMS vehicle
An EMS vehicle is smaller than an ambulance and can usually speed through busy streets faster than an ambulance. It is equipped with emergency equipment but isn't ideal for transportation. An ambulance is usually needed to transport a patient to the hospital.
Campus ambulance
JERRV

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29 Unmarked police car What's the name of this car that an undercover officer might drive around in?
Unmarked police car
Police can ride around in unmarked cars as a disguise and they can also pull you over in an unmarked car. You should always lock your doors and remain in your car when pulled over by an unmarked car until you can verify it's the police. At least one officer must be in uniform for an unmarked car to pull you over. That's how you will know they're cops.
Mall security car
Patrol car
Decoy car

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30 Lifeboat What's the name of these boats that are usually stocked on larger boats?
Dinghy
Submarine
Lifeboat
Lifeboats come in all shapes and sizes and they are always used for rescue situations. They can be wooden boats strapped to the side of the Titanic, or they can be inflatable rafts dropped by helicopter.
Life jacket

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31 Defender-class boat What's the name of this boat used for search and rescue missions at sea?
Defender-class boat
The U.S. Coast Guard has close to 1,000 of these boats that are also known as response boats and are used for everything from search and rescue missions to law enforcement seizures. The boat can hold up to 10 people and can reach speeds faster than 50 mph.
MH-65 Dolphin
MH-60T Jayhawk
Zodiac boat

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32 Rehab unit vehicle If you emerge from a radioactive site, you will likely hose down at one of these vehicles. What are they called?
IAV Stryker
Oshkosh Striker
Rehab unit vehicles
Rehab unit vehicles are associated with firefighters, but anyone exposed to smoke or hazardous materials should rehab at one of the units. Firefighters returning from a blaze are at risk of smoke inhalation and dehydration, among other things, and the rehab truck helps them recover.
Heavy rescue vehicle

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33 Paddywagon If a dozen people are arrested all at the same time, they might get transported to jail in one of these vehicles, known as what?
Prisoner transport bus
Con Air
Unmarked car
Paddywagon
A paddywagon is a police van equipped to transport a large number of passengers at the same time. In the early 20th century, prisoners were transported in actual wagons, hence the name paddywagon. Today, the name stuck, but the wagon got upgraded to a van or bus.

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34 Police_cart_vatican What's the name of this security vehicle seen on college campuses around the country?
Campus Segway
Unmarked cop car
Public safety cart
Every university in the country has its own safety force, and they're usually former police officers. It's easier for them to get around a college campus in a golf cart, so they equip these things to their needs and patrol the campus.
Campus squad car

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35 Chicago_surveillance_vehicle If a bunch of FBI agents are sitting in an electrician's van, it's likely being used as what type of vehicle?
Heavy rescue vehicle
Unmarked police car
Patrol vehicle
Surveillance vehicle
Officers, detectives and investigators of all types consistently conduct stakeouts in a multitude of surveillance vehicles. A surveillance vehicle should be as nondescript as possible, and is usually equipped with proper surveillance equipment.

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36 Motor Lifeboat This rescue boat is made for hurricane weather and can right itself in 10 seconds if it capsizes. What's it called?
Bell 212
Motor lifeboat
The 47-foot motor lifeboat is the Coast Guard's lifeboat on steroids. The boat can capsize in the middle of the ocean in the middle of 70 mph winds without getting destroyed. Its equipment is designed to never malfunction under any conditions.
MH-60T Jayhawk
MH-65 Dolphin

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37 Emergency Response Vehicle What's the name of this Red Cross vehicle?
Emergency Response Vehicle
The American National Red Cross is known for carrying out rescue missions all over the world, and one vehicle they use to do so is this emergency response vehicle equipped with everything they need. They also use helicopters to drop supplies in problem areas.
Heavy rescue truck
Bloodmobile
Oshkosh Striker

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38 EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry Do you know the name of this search and rescue aircraft used by the U.S. Coast Guard?
USCGC Polar Star
EADS HC-144 Ocean Sentry
The Coast Guard gets a lazy rap across the country, but that's only because most people have never been lost at sea. If you were lost, you'd be ecstatic to see this thing homing in on you. It's also been used for rescue missions during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cleanup during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
USCGC Eagle
HC-130 Hercules

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39 Firefighting helicopter What do you call a chopper equipped with foam cannons and water buckets?
Airtanker
Firefighting helicopter
Some of the most expensive rescue vehicles in the world are firefighting planes and helicopters known as helitankers or airtankers. One of the most famous aerial emergency vehicles is Boeing's CH-47 Chinook, which costs about $40 million per unit.
Heavy rescue vehicle
IAV Stryker

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40 SE-3 Patroller What's the name of this battery-powered patrol vehicle?
HC-130 Hercules
SE-3 Patroller
This is probably the nicest Segway you can buy and it's used by police officers to patrol small areas like gated communities and indoor shopping malls. Outdoors, there are other vehicles better equipped for emergency response, but indoors this vehicle is ideal. It maxes out at 15 mph, but you'll be surprised how fast that is when traveling through a packed airport.
Bloodmobile
Kaman K-MAX

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Folding Stretcher What's the name of this bed you could find yourself lying on after a major accident?
Snowmobile
Stretcher
Whenever you're in an accident, whether it feels painful or not, it's best to stay flat on your back. If you suffer an accident and need to be transported to a hospital, you'll likely travel on a stretcher as a precaution.
Walker
Sled

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