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How'd They Build That ?...Fire Truck

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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We see them every day - Our favorite Fire Trucks rushing off to save the day or getting a meticulous wash at the firehouse. But where do they come from? And how are they made? Find the answers on a tour of Seagrave Fire Apparatus, the oldest continuously operating fire truck manufacturer in the US. Visit their factory as they build large fire trucks from the very beginning. See first hand how a handmade custom fire truck is designed and built. get close to the highly skilled men and women and the machinery they use to build those fire trucks you see every day. View different styles of trucks and engines, examine what different models do and what purpose they serve. Sit in the driver's seat or the back tillerman's cab and learn how they work from a driver's eye view. Using colorful 3D animated models and high definition live action, you'll see the steps and process it takes to build such Marvelous Machines and see them in action. So hop on in and come see how they build that... Fire Truck.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marvelous Machines
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B001CMZF46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By T. Donihoo on October 30, 2009
Format: DVD
My 3-year old daughter loves firetrucks and is constantly saying she wants to be a fireman. We viewed the "How'd They Build That" video together, and I was amazed at how it captivated her attention with its visually engaging "inside look" for nearly an hour. This is a quality video...well produced...that explains and illustrates the different styles and purposes of several fire fighting vehicles. My daughter especially loved the vehicles in action scenes, and before we had finished watching...my 16-year old son was equally enthralled with the stimulating presentation and fun facts the program delivers. I would recommend this video for a broad age range of viewers. I enjoyed it and learned from it as well. Very pleased!
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This video was fascinating for both children and adults alike in our test group. Viewers are taken on a personal tour of Seagrave Fire Apparatus plant and learn exactly how fire trucks and rescue vehicles are assembled. This plant has been designing, constructing and assembling the toughest trucks for 125 years. They are the very best in the business and you get to see how they do it.

When a customer orders a vehicle, they use computerized 3-D technology, which enables them to see every item on the vehicle before production begins. Amazingly, there are 1800 to 2500 different parts on each vehicle. At Seagrave, many of these parts are still hand-crafted. For this reason, it takes 1500 to 3500 hours to build a single fire truck. No vehicle is allowed to leave the lot without extensive testing to prove its strength, stability and safety.

The plant tour is interspersed with interesting fire engine facts, such as the difference between fire trucks and fire engines. Fire engines, or pumpers, primarily pump water to extinguish fires, while fire trucks carry ladders, tools and specialized fire equipment. This video does a great job of explaining the components of a fire vehicle and exactly how those parts are assembled. It's put together in a fun, informative way, and would make a terrific gift. Did you know there are 125 different colors to choose for a fire vehicle - but 92 of these are variations of red? You would if you had watched this video.
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Cant wait to watch it with my Grandson who will be 4 years old soon. The Concrete Truck was produced at the McNeilus plant, located about 30 miles from my home. Also, purchased a second DVD by the same company, this one is about Garbage Trucks ... again produced at the this same McNeilus plant.
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My 3 year old loves this DVD. The music, narrator's voice and the extra bonuses like "School bus", "Cement Truck" and "Military planes" were of a great surprise. I ordered two different DVDs. One was How'd They Build That ?...Fire Truck, the second was "Diggers and Dozers" by Mighty Machines. To compare the quality of the How'd They Build That ?...Fire Truck to the latter is way higher. The information is little too much for a kid of 3 years old. But that is not a problem.
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If you have kids that are into firetrucks, this video is highly recommended. I was especially impressed by the video quality and production. I liked this DVD so much, I bought another one to give as a gift to our local firehouse which just received a new Seagrave Ladder Truck.
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my grandson (3.5) will pick these first out of all the kid videos Even when he is interested in some new release, he rarely plays it again. With these he watches over and over and over (you get the picture). When one got scratched and would no longer play, he begged for a replacement.
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My son loves watching the manufacturing process. He has the "How'd they Build That" videos for garbage trucks, school buses, and concrete mixers. The problem with the fire truck video, according to him, is that there is little actual manufacturing--the video shows the trucks in action more than the actual making of the truck.
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The video was very instrumental in the instruction of my fire science class. It peaked my class of fire science students interest in a piece of equipment that plays a major role in their chosen profession.
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