8769 W Sanderson Brothers and Newbould Limited Commer PB

8769 W
Sanderson Brothers and Newbould Limited
Commer PB
Built in 1960 and has covered only 631 miles as of 2019. The vehicle left the factory in 1960 as a standard diesel engine van. It was one of a batch of three that were converted by special order to works fire engines for Sanderson and Newbould of Sheffield. The chassis was extended to house the Coventry Climax pump and part of the rear roof was moved forward to make a crew cab behind the driver. It was sold to Adam Industries of Pudsey, West Yorkshire, before passing into private ownership in 1995. It was bought in 2011 by the current owner who has restored it. Notice how it has amber lights to the front for emergency use, pre-dating the use of blue lights.

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YJ12 BCU North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Vauxhall Astra

YJ12 BCU
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Vauxhall Astra
The photos also show what it looked like in its previous life as a police response car. This Astra was being retired from front-line duties with North Yorkshire Police in 2019. Instead of sending it to auction as normal, the workshops converted it into a first responder car to give it a new lease of life. This arrangement was facilitated by NYP and NYFRS sharing workshop facilities.

When the vehicle entered service with NYFRS in summer 2019 it was initially used for transport duties before being properly used as a first responder car.

A sister vehicle is YJ12 BDZ which is exactly the same; an ex-police vehicle converted to a first responder.

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YJ13 EWX North Yorkshire Police Vauxhall Astra

YJ13 EWX
North Yorkshire Police
Vauxhall Astra
This Astra served the North part of York all of its working life from 2013 to 2019. It was used by Safer Neighbourhood officers (PCSOs) and was a firm favourite with children at events where they got to sit in it and play with the blue lights and siren. Despite having a new gearbox fitted in 2018 it became less and less reliable. A severe engine breakdown in spring 2019 brought its police life to an end. It was replaced with a Peugeot 308 (YJ69 FMK) in autumn 2019.

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Border Search and Rescue The line up of vehicles at the rescue base ..

Border Search and Rescue
The line up of vehicles at the rescue base in Kelso. The base is a garage with three doors and is no longer suitable for us by the service. There are no toilet facilities, the vehicles only just fit in and there is very limited storage space for equipment. Other equipment is stored at another site one mile away which slows down response times to rescue calls. They are currently fundraising £450k for a new purpose built base that will meet the needs of the organisation.

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SN06 DYW Border Search and Rescue Land Rover Defender

SN06 DYW
Border Search and Rescue
Land Rover Defender
Based at Kelso, Scotland. The team respond to call outs made via the police to searches in the Scottish Borders. Working on the boundary between two countries brings its unique challenges, such as identifying which side of the border a found body was on (and therefore which police service will investigate it) and working with neighbouring North of Tyne SAR who are under the Mountain Rescue England and Wales umbrella rather than the Scottish equivalent.

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D444 KVM Greater Manchester Police Ford Capri 2.8i Special

D444 KVM
Greater Manchester Police
Ford Capri 2.8i Special
This 1986 car saw service in the Tameside area of Manchester based at Ashton-under-Lyne between 1986 and 1989. The car was disposed of by the force when it entered civilian life. The car has had a number of private owners until it was discovered and a full restoration began in 2018 to reinstate it to its police livery.

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