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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 The old trucks with a basic box body and a demountable ladder and a pump with a few hoses have now been superseded by sophisticated machines with hydraulic ladders and multiple hoses and pumps with a whole host of special rescue gear to under take jobs other than fire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

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

Bedford Merryweather fire engine at Donnington 09 - IMG 6183small

A Bedford truck based fire engine built by Merryweather

Dennis fire engine at Sandbach

Early Dennis fire engine

Dennis Fire engine F820 FSA of 1988 at Donnington Park 09 - IMG 6105small

A relativly modern Dennis Fire engine

Unimog Fire engine-IMG 0241

A Unimog four wheel drive fire engine for accessing remote locations

Merryweather fire engine ladder unit at Donnington 09 - IMG 6184small

A Merryweather Ladder unit on a fire engine

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