Does Dubai have the world's fastest fire engine?
Dubai certainly isn’t a city short of world titles, but it could be about to add another one to the mantelpiece. The city already holds the record for the world’s fastest Police car, and Dubai Civil Defence is set to follow suit, having asked Guinness World Records to register their modified Corvette Stingrays.
With speeds of up to 340 kilometres per hour (210 mph), it’s expected that these cars will soon be recognised as the world’s fastest fire engines. Lieutenant Colonel Hussain Al Rahoomi, Head of Station Affairs Department at Dubai Civil Defense, said that the cars had been modified to reach this high speed.
“The Guinness World Records’ administration have confirmed that there is no registered fire truck with the same specifications as ours,” he added.
As well as being extremely fast (which is crucial in emergencies), the “fire trucks” are fitted with first aid kits and fire extinguishers. Each one costs almost half a million dirham without the extra equipment, and there are already two in operation, with plans to introduce another two by the end of this year.
The cars have already proved themselves, managing to reach emergencies on busy motorways much faster than traditional fire vehicles, which are often much heavier and slower to drive.
Dubai already holds the record for the world’s fastest Police car. The Bugatti Veyron can reach speeds of 268 miles per hour, and can manage to speed from zero to 60 in just 2.5 seconds. As the world’s fastest production car, there’s not much on the road that it can’t chase down.