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The Fire Tender is a pod vehicle that was purchased from a firefighting equipment manufactured by International Rescue. It serves as a backup to Firefly and International Rescue's so-called fire truck. During firefighting operations, the vehicle serves as a mobile control room.

On board are heat protection suits and breathing apparatus. Environment sensors at the front of the vehicle measure temperature, pressure, and gas emissions.

Technical Data

  • Crew: up to 6
  • Ladder length: 26 metres
  • Length: 14 metres
  • Power: gas turbine engine
  • Water capacity: 2800 litres
  • Water pump: 8000 litres per minute from hydrants
  • Weight: 12 tonnes
  • Width: 6 metres


A fire tender (not International Rescue's) appears in City Of Fire, unsuccessfully trying to control the fire inside Thompson Tower.

International Rescue’s fire tender is seen in Cry Wolf along with many other Pod machines in the pod bay on Tracy Island

Cross-section (Cutaway Drawing)

As far as is known, only one cutaway drawing of the fire tender (specifically International Rescue’s variant) exists. Illustrated by Graham Bleathman, it appeared in a Redan comic that was published in the 2000s.

Main article: History of the Cutaway Drawings (Classic Thunderbirds)

Reden's cutaway of the Fire Tender