Desperate Californians are Now Buying Their Own Fire Trucks

By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

The constant threat of wildfire in California has some rural residents considering the unthinkable.

For a kid, owning your very own fire truck sounds like a dream come true. There are deals to be had right now on Craigslist. Several of them, actually.

To be blunt, the personal, used fire engine market is exploding like wildfire.

For just $17,000, one of these big red machines could be yours. As one Craigslist ad reads, this particular unit features ladder and hose racking, a slide out pump tray in bed, cargo basket and a couple of spotlights. Another Craigslist ad asks for a cool $69,000 for a 2,500-gallon truck.

 If that’s too much, how about a $49,000 unit?

Used fire engines from Japan are getting resold in California as wealthy homeowners look for ways to better protect their expensive homes from what’s become an unfortunate yearly reality. Officials have asked residents to leave the firefighting up to the professionals, though many have been seen with a hose in their hands during the Bay Area’s latest round of devastating wildfires, including a rogue group in the Santa Cruz Mountains attempting to protect homes.

CAL FIRE has warned your own shiny red fire truck isn't going to save you if your neighborhood is being evacuated.

You've still got to go.