Children have always been fascinated by fire engines - and many boys love nothing more than playing with miniature versions of these important emergency vehicles. The long-running children's animation, Fireman Sam, has undoubtedly helped fuel the continued interest in firefighting - and the colourful, protective gear worn by firefighters makes them the perfect subject for children's dressing up costumes.
Children are first introduced to toy fire engines by companies like Orange Tree Toys with chunky, easy-to-grasp versions. Next up come slightly larger emergency vehicles from companies like WOW Toys, many of which are friction-powered for increased fun.
Large firms like Lego and Playmobil always have fire engines in their ranges - and they also sell playsets and figures from all the other emergency services which helps to encourage role play games and storytelling. As kids get older, toy fire engines get even more sophisticated with flashing lights, sirens, extending ladders and even working fire hoses!
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