A Type 1 (or Class A) fire engine is what you’ll most likely see if you live in a Metro community. Big cities rely on Type 1 fire apparatus based on flexibility, staffing, and the ability to operate at homes, apartments, businesses, and high rise buildings. Technically, a Type 1 fire engine is designed for structural fire fighting. It will typically include a pump that operates at 1000 gpm, a 400 gal/tank, 1200 ft. 2 1/2″ hose, 400 ft. 1 1/2 ” hose, 200 ft. 1″ hose, 20 + feet of ladder, a 500 gpm Master Stream, and minimum staffing of four firefighters. Some cities utilize Type 1 fire engines with only three firefighters due to budget or other staffing issues.