Mighty machines help people move around at work and play. Some mighty machines are used for transportation. Other mighty machines do jobs. They can put out fires, dig holes in the earth, or carry big loads.

  • Police Cars
  • Dump Trucks
  • Fire Trucks
  • Backhoes

Use: Transportation for police officers in the line of duty
Number of wheels: Four (plus spare)
Powered by: Gasoline engine
Special Equipment: Flashing lights, siren, radar
Different Types: Patrol, response, traffic, multi-purpose, community, unmarked

Use: Transporting sand, gravel, or dirt, at construction sites
Number of wheels: Six or more
Powered by: Diesel-fueled engine and hydraulics
Special Equipment: Hydraulically operated open-box bed
Different Types: Standard, articulated, transfer, truck and pup, superdump

Use: Transporting firefighters and equipment to fire scenes
Number of wheels: Four or more
Powered by: Gasoline or diesel-fueled engine and hydraulics
Special Equipment: Flashing lights, siren, ladders, hoses
Different Types: Pumper, tanker, hook and ladder

Use: Digging and scooping out dirt and other materials at construction sites
Number of wheels: Four to six wheels or two rolling tracks
Powered by: Diesel-powered engine and hydraulics
Special Equipment: digging bucket on the end of an long arm, also called a stick or dipper
Different types: Skid-loader, front-loader, crawler