CDF Model #5 Engine

The CDF Model #5 engine was the workhorse of the fleet for many years. With 4WD capability a 300GPM pump and 85GPM auxiliary pump, it enabled the driver to pump-and-roll either with a firefighting crew on foot, or while seated in the rear crew compartment. Equipped with a 500 gallon tank, a minimum of 1300 of 1.5″ hose, 800 feet of 1″ hose, 2 hose reels and a complement of handtools, and a bumper mounted winch, it defined the basis for the Type 3 engine in California wildland firefighting.

Modifications in later years added additional storage boxes along the top of the body for additional gear and equipment such as breathing apparatus, a three section extension ladder, medical supplies and other personal gear required for long-term assignments away from home. It carried 2 passengers inside the cab while an additional 4 firefighters could sit in the jumpseat area on the back. While the crew riding in the back could be protected by reflective flame-resistant blankets stored in rollers on the sides, it was eventually determined to convert the fleet to crew-cab seating to protect all crew members inside the cab.

photo by Brandy Carlos, 2015


  1. Michael Urquides on October 4, 2020 at 13:24

    I have purchased a 1988 CDF model 5 from Davis auction it was assigned in MVU as E3365 then became a reserve E3369 I have it completely restored (looks amazing) Runs like the first day it went into service. , I’m looking for a model 5 orange book operators manual. I worked in BEU on a model 5 1987-1989 so I really enjoyed your museum blog on the model 5. any 1982-1989 model 5 literature you have I will make a donation to the museum if I can obtain it. cell 831-596-4725