HME Extreme Rat (HXR) Fire Apparatus Takes on Cal Fire Academy Training Course

WYOMING, MI—HME, Incorporated has just returned from Northern California to test out the all-new HXR. Proven from trials on the rugged Cal Fire Academy training course and the Department of Forestry’s tilt table, the HXR can handle a wide range of terrains and environments.

Options include 4×2 on-highway or 4×4 off-road capability, along with wide, low-profile super-single tires that provide optimal traction on soft-ground, sand, and over extreme obstacles.

HME’s proprietary, modular mounting system isolates the water tank and tank frame from chassis stress and twist. The body mounting system keeps the stainless steel body independent of stresses transferred from the chassis and subframe. This engineering improves apparatus durability and life while optimizing truck stability and control in uneven and extreme terrain applications.


On road or off road, HXR™ engineering provides optimal stability, handling, and turn radius. Built on a custom HME SFO® (Short-Front-Overhang) chassis, HXR™ engineering excelled in lane-change testing, with a filled water tank, keeping all four tires planted on the road and in control at all times.

Engineered for rapid attack truck operations in a wide range of environments, HXR™’s 4×2 and 4×4 capability, high ground clearance, 1,500-gpm pump performance, off-road vertical exhaust system design, durable stainless steel body, and ample rescue storage solutions offer a capable, efficient and cost-effective fire apparatus solution.

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