UK Emergency Vehicles was created by Richard Thompson in February 1999. It was inspired by the book ‘Emergency Service Vehicles of the UK’ by Clive Sturman (Ian Allan Publishing 1980, ISBN 0711010013) and by James ‘Jimbo’ Farley’s website on Kent Police vehicles.
UK Emergency Vehicles launched at the domain www.ukemergency.8m.com hosted in the United States, before moving to UK-based servers as www.ukemergency.f9.co.uk. Since 2006 we have had our current web address of www.ukemergency.co.uk and moved to a business-class web server. The supplementary domain of www.ukemergency.com was acquired in 2009 which, along with the two old addresses, redirects viewers to the .co.uk address.
UKev celebrated 10 years online in February 2009 with a month-long series of free competitions and prizes. We were very proud to reach one million visitors to the homepage in August 2010.
Thanks go to all of the emergency services and companies that have permitted photography of their vehicles. Great appreciation is also sent to our network of photographers and other donors who have submitted images. We enjoy reading the great number of emails sent in with comments and suggestions but apologise that not all of them can be replied to.
Photographs on this website are largely taken by in-house photographers. A small selection of donated images is also show. We greatly appreciate viewers sending in their own photographs and this has helped broaden the range of vehicle shown. It is our policy not to state the photographer on donated images as many people wish to remain anonymous and it detracts from the key notes about the vehicles. Submitting images to us means that you have permission from the photograph’s owner to do so and are allowing us unrestricted use of the image for use on the website or to promote the website. If you believe a photograph you own is being shown without permission please email us and we will resolve the matter with urgency.
The face of our website has evolved over the years…