39 Fire Fighting Tanks of the USSR

Fire Fighting Tanks of the USSR

Posted on August 6, 2010 by team

A unique selection of Soviet fire-fighting tanks! The basic advantage of a fire fighting tank over a fire fighting truck is that it can hit a burning object, crush burning flinders with its track and water the burning remains from above. But in case of conflagration what will be with the crew inside this “can”?

A fire fighting armored tank of Baikonur. One of the two existing. T-55 chassis.

Later fire fighting equipment became only smarter.

GPM-54 could water objects from afar. Instead of fire pumps they began to use RC firefighting monitors such as LSD-S100U.

Chinese and Czech vehicles were made in the similar way using Russian T-55 and Czech SPOT-55 as a basis.



A vehicle using water flasks

This monster was a tractive unit in fact.


Things were becoming only better …

“Impuls-1” developed in 1960 in the Ukrainian SSR. The vehicle was successfully used to extinguish conflagrations.

“Impuls-2M” was even more powerful. T62 chassis, weight – 34-36 tons, travel speed – 40-50 km/h.

“Vetluga” system used dry chemical fire fighting system.


Fire-fighting “Nona”, not a tank though very impressive.

If one can feel safe somewhere – this place should be this vehicle – GPM-64. No chips hazard, water tank and crew is always safe. No rubber is used. Equipped with a spray system to sprinkle tracks.

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39 responses to “Fire Fighting Tanks of the USSR”

  1. Orignal Kirov says:


  2. 583igis says:

    ! First picture SPOT-55 Made in Czechoslovakia ! No Russia !



  3. Hasky says:

    so brutal)

  4. kbr says:

    Now we need them all

  5. Blx says:

    The first photo is not in Russia, but in the Czech Republic. You can see at the backgroung czech trucks Praga and Tatra. This fire tank i seen in the city named Skutec.

  6. :)) says:

    the last one seems functional why dont they put it to work ?

  7. name says:

    The last one is not russian. It’s a Leopard 1-chassis …

  8. Macsen says:

    Cool, but do you’ll have enough?

  9. Boritz says:

    Do the fire tanks have sirens?

  10. TimO says:

    Thanks for sharing! Neat O

  11. DougW says:

    Ok.. I don’t get it. Are those explosive cannons or water jets? That array looks like a concussive attempt to extinguish fire.

  12. Powerful… they look like tanks for war.

    Soendoro Soetanto

  13. German says:

    EPIC FAIL !!!

    the last photo ist showing a GERMAN Leopard 1 tank that was built by a GERMAN company and that has been modified by a GERMAN company(just look at the plate on the vehicle)in GERMANY.

    the vehicle is still in GERMANY on display at the GERMAN factory, where ist has been modified by GERMAN workers.

    • not German says:

      Maybee comments like this are the reason why germans are this unpopular. Ever thought that the Blogger just wanted to give an impression of how a modern fire fighting tank can look?

      • herbert prohaska says:

        well, at least they could have made a comment about it. The Title said russian Tanks, and if the last pic isn’t even named correctly people could think it would be russian. thats not propper presentation at all..

  14. cockatrice says:

    Why tanks? Pretty bloody useless actually.

    What you need is timber fallers and bulldozers ganged up to cut fire breaks in your forest land. It’s mostly flat country. How deep is your peat layer? 5 feet? 10 feet? That needs to be cut down to the current water table.

    You need lots of water and a quick turnaround. Helicopters with water dispersal systems can fly in a straight line to the nearest water source, suck up a tank full in less than a minute and do a controlled drop where it does the most good, and at speeds much greater than a tank can manage, and not get stuck in bogs to boot. And their most efficient use is not fighting the main body of fire, but the spot fires on the other side of your fire line from wind born fire branding

    • David Levy says:

      Why tanks ? So you can put out a fire in a riot and protect the firefighters at the same time allso to protect forest fire fighters from falling timber ect and excess heat. That’s why.

    • Purba Sakti Keris says:

      Actually- the way most CONFLAGRATION fires are extinguished is by explosive overpressure.
      Conflagration is referring to industrial fires- such as propellant explosions, oil/gas-rig or refinery fires, where specialized fire-fighting equipment is required.

      This was used to clean up the Iraqi Gulf after Saddam’s sabotage of the oil-well-necks.
      Why a tank? It provides an economical, well-tested, durable platform- many spare-parts easily available- capable of withstanding extreme conditions.
      Easy to modify.

      2- lots of water is not necessary (look up water-misting).

      3 Russia has the ONLY firefighting jet in the world- it is the Beriev Be-200.
      4. Russia has the LARGEST freighting helicopter- the Mi-8

  15. Testiculese says:

    I can see that these tanks are having a massive impact with the current fires. How many are burning now? You’d be better off giving everyone in Moscow a broom to beat the fires out.

  16. trabi says:

    Nice firefighters!

    Check out so called ‘Bigwind’ made by hungarians. After the gulf war it literaly blew out the oilfires like candles:) T34 body fitted with two Mig21 engines:)


  17. Ivana Benderova says:

    OK. my a$$ is larger than your “vehicle.” And it is loaded with more “firepower” than you will ever muster. Back off and you will not suffer significant damage… maybe … I’m not making any promises….

  18. Boritz says:

    Only possible practical use for “fire tank” is in effort to extinguish radio-active fire. The tank has built-in radiation protection and ventilation system which would be somewhat useful. Perhaps lesson was learned from unfortunate nuclear power plant malfunction in Ukraine.

  19. mad1982 says:


  20. jeffrey pigden says:

    Look for movie ‘fires of Kuwait’ to see fire tanks in action. Normal fires in normal places require normal fire trucks. Try fighting an industrial fire with chemicals, explosives, machinery, etc. and you begin to see why fire tanks are so important.

  21. Roman Pepez says:

    interessanter Beitrag. Endlich mal ein deutscher Beitrag über dieses Thema.

  22. Jack Harrison says:

    I am a firefighter that publishes a magazine about fire trucks. I would like to do a feature about Russian firefighting tanks. Please contact me.

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