11/18/13 163 W, 1 I - + 8 - 11 Vintage Photo - Houston Airport Rolligon Crash Truck

Here's a particularly neat photo found for sale on eBay, one of several 35mm slides of crash trucks from Dallas and Houston from this seller. (That's the same person with the vintage North Carolina slide shots for sale.) This one's a 1976 Rolligon that was equpped with a small pump, water tank, and foam tank.

What the heck's a Rolligon, you ask? From the company's web site, they appear to be all-terrain vehicles that use low ground pressure tires. And that are capable of amphibious operations (!) at reduced paylod capacity. Google for assorted images of Rolligon vehicles, past and present.

As for unusual off-road airport fire and rescue apparatus, all sorts of wheeled and tracked vehicles have been tried. My mind's eye recalls many interesting vehicles seen in various fire apparatus books. Maybe we can find some on the web, and add them here. Anyway, click to enlarge, or find a larger version on eBay:

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