Tractor & Construction Plant Wiki

Fire engine

14,427pages on
this wiki

Redirected from Fire apparatus

Fire Engines are a special type of vehicle, that are generally now custom built for each particular customer to best meet there operational requirements. Several basic designs exist which are then customised with a vast range of options. The old trucks with a basic box body and a demountable ladder and a pump with a few hoses have now been superseded by sophisticated machines with hydraulic ladders and multiple hoses and pumps with a whole host of special rescue gear to under take jobs other than fire fighting under the new remit of Fire and Rescue.

Types of engineEdit

  • Steam fire pump - 1800s - pulled by hand
  • horse drawn fire pump - 19th century
  • Turntable ladder
  • Works fire engines - usually a LCV or Land Rover based vehicle used by companies with a high fire risk as a rapid 'first' response till the local fire brigade arrives. Steel and chemical works and other large factories had there own vehicles and retained fire men. (often a legacy from the war).
  • Rescue vehicles - kitted out for specialist rescue work: - Road traffic accidents, under water, confined spaces, high level aerial rescue etc.
  • Decontamination units
  • Hydraulic platforms - are a cross between an industrial Cherry picker and a turntable ladder. usually designed to perform upto 5 major tasks.
  • High mobility platforms - a vehicle fitted with several inter-changeable 'bodies' to perform various tasks: - high volume pump, decontamination unit, foam unit etc
  • Airport crash tender - specialist high speed response veicles fitted with powerfull water canons and foaming agent adaptive tanks. Some of the biggest are built by Oshkosh.
  • Fire brigade quad bike for events and off road areas like parks. used for rapid respone with a small high pressure hose & small tank of water.
  • off road fire engines - often Unimog based for fiting moorland and forest fires or rescue in remote areas, or winter conditions in mountainous areas

Images of Fire enginesEdit

Range Rover of Cheshire F R at Sandbach 2010 - IMG 8503
A Cheshire Fire & Rescue rapid response Range Rover fire engine, seen at Sandbach Transport Festival 2010
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Fire engine line up at Scorton NY 09 -IMG 2158
Line up of early to 1970s fire engines at Scorton Working Day - North Yorkshire 2009
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Bedford Merryweather fire engine at Donnington 09 - IMG 6183small
A Bedford truck based fire engine built by Merryweather
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Dennis fire engine at Sandbach
Early Dennis fire engine
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Dennis Fire engine F820 FSA of 1988 at Donnington Park 09 - IMG 6105small
A relativly modern Dennis Fire engine
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Unimog Fire engine-IMG 0241
A Unimog four wheel drive fire engine for accessing remote locations
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11
Merryweather fire engine ladder unit at Donnington 09 - IMG 6184small
A Merryweather Ladder unit on a fire engine
BulldozerD11Added by BulldozerD11

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki