Fire Departments often face a Catch-22 situation. The faster a response team can get to a fire, the easier it likely will be to extinguish it. However, experience and safety dictate a certain amount of equipment be available, possibly slowing the response. This is especially true in a rural, wildland or volunteer situation.
One widely used solution is the rapid response vehicle, a light truck intended to be ‘first out the hall’ with enough crew, equipment and fire fighting capability to either extinguish a small fire or contain a larger fire until a more weighted response can arrive. Rapid response trucks are always a compromise between fire fighting capability and speed.
The Hummer deserves a serious look for rapid response, especially for its speed and off road capability. H1 Hummers are already used in wildland, but general rapid response use has been limited, especially for the Hummer H2. I believe this is a mistake. There are very few vehicles that can match the Hummer for all round travel capability. This is especially true when it is matched with a Compressed Air Foam System (C.A.F.S.) to increase its knockdown capability. A C.A.F.S. Hummer H2 can be equipped with at least 160 US gallons of water and rapidly deploy the knockdown power of a much larger truck. It would be well worth it for any rural or volunteer department to take a look at the Hummer, especially if wildland fire fighting is required.