Technical rescue, urban search and rescue (USAR), and hazmat trucks must carry specialized rescue equipment that often is not seen on typical municipal rescue trucks. At times, the type and size of such specialized equipment require apparatus manufacturers to craft custom spaces on their trucks to accommodate them.

Depending on the area of the country and the needs of the fire department, the types of foam systems being installed on wildland pumpers run the gamut from direct-injection systems of various capabilities to simple around-the-pump foam systems.

Wildland fire personnel use personal protective equipment (PPE) that is designed and constructed for their special needs, which are different in a number of respects from structural turnout gear, and which include durability, comfort, and protection.