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Tanker / Bulk Water Carrier
High volume water tanker

A Tanker, also known as a Bulk Water Carrier (BWC), refers to any appliance carrying bulk water, and may be setup as a rigid or articulated configuration.

New terminology for the naming was introduced in 2004, which assists in identifying the amount of water being carried. Eg: BW13 designates a Bulk Water Carrier, carrying around 13,000 litres of water.

A Tanker type appliance is suitable for all urban responses but more commonly used for fires in areas where there is no access to mains water, or there is a problem with supply through mains water.

Articulated Tankers operating now have been converted from bulk carrying of other materials, such as milk or wine, to have pumps and fittings mounted to couple up to hydrants and appliances.

Tankers or BWC's carry a variety of equipment, depending on individual brigade requirements.


Equipment carried by a Tanker may include:

Additional equipment may be carried, and may include:

Please Note: The above information is provided as an example of a typical appliance of this type. Actual equipment and configuration of appliances may vary to suit requirements of the station to which it belongs.