Meet Kiri: Retired Japanese Fire Truck Living in San Francisco (CA)

Kiri. All photos via:

Despite not being an official San Francisco (CA) Fire Department vehicle, Kiri—a retired, 131-inch, 1990 Daihatsu fire truck from a tiny Japanese mountain town near Nagano—is a fully functional apparatus housed in Bernal Heights.

Kiri served a volunteer fire department in Kirigamine, Japan, for almost 30 years, reports, and arrived in the states five months into the pandemic. Designed to navigate narrow streets and steep hills, Kiri tops out at about 60 mph and eschews a water tank and relies on suction to fight fires.

San Francisco resident Todd Lappin purchased Kiri from a local importer “for almost nothing.”

Check out Kiri in action below:

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