My 3 year old has loved firetrucks ever since he sat in some real ones at the friendly LAFD as an almost two year old. He has enjoyed zooming this Green Toys Fire Truck in many of his pretend adventures. He started playing with it around 20 months old and continues to play with it as an almost 4 year old. It has two removable ladders and one that raises up and swivels 360 degrees. I love that it is made of recycled plastic and that it has been sturdy to withstand lots of play both indoors and outside. He enjoys its big wheels and the moving ladder. I've even seen him sitting on it and pretending he was driving the Fire Truck! If you are not familiar with Green Toys, their products are made from 100% recycled milk jugs, are produced in California, are Phthalate and BPA free, and apparently they can even go in the dishwasher to clean, although I haven't tried this yet. The manufacturer recommends this toy for ages 1 and up!
He has also been seen running around the house making siren sounds with the free fire fighter helmet he received from the fire department. It is cracked in many places and I considered upgrading it to a more sturdy helmet like one of these. But instead, I found the Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play a discounted price at a Halloween store after once Halloween was over. This set comes with a jacket, helmet, bullhorn that makes a siren sound, fire extinguisher and a badge. Hit the play button in this post to hear what the siren sounds like! We have now had the Role Play Costume for a few months, and between the 1 year old and 3 year old, the helmet and the siren get the most use. If I were to buy this as a gift for another child, I may opt to get the individual helmet instead of the full role play costume. If you were to give this gift to a 1 year old, the truck and book(s) would be appropriate whereas the costume is better for a 2 year old and older.
My son received a gift of the Amazing Machines Story Box which has 5 paperback books including Amazing Airplanes, Flashing Fire Engines, Terrific Trains, Tremendous Tractors and Roaring Rockets. He has requested that I read these several times. You can either purchase the box set or the individual book, Flashing Fire Engines.
There are a lot of great Fire Truck items out there. If you're looking for an additional item, I have also given this Melissa & Doug Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle to a 3 year old. See below for photos of the book and the links for purchasing information!