Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
Land Rover Defender
Based at Keswick
26 AG 70
RAF Fire Service
Alvis/Pyrene MKVI Crash Truck
This was the first MK6 production model, made in 1956. Despite having the same outward appearance as later models, the MK6 has a smaller foam monitor in comparison. Production of the MK6 ended around 1963, although they remained in service until 1978. This vehicle spent some of its time at RAF Wyton in the 1970s and in 1976 was downgraded to instructional assembly. Records show that this crash truck served in Coastal, Transport, Fighter and Maintenance Commands. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
Fordson War Office Type One / Fordson (WOT1)
Dating from 1941, this tender was one of the first fire tenders to be used during the advance after the D-Day landings on the forward air bases set up by the RAF and American Air Forces throughout France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. This WOT1 found its way to Berlin where it was stationed for operational purposes during the Berlin airlift in 1946. It returned to England in 1953 and was sold for scrap. In the late 70s Mr Tony Corbin found it in very poor condition on a farm and spent over 20 years restoring it to its present condition. Out of the 6 of these vehicles which were sent abroad this is the only camouflage one and there are only 3 of these vehicles left. This vehicle is fully operational and kitted as per wartime. The WOT1 was used as a major foam tender by the RAF and American Air Force Fire Services during WWII on all of their operational airfields on both fighter and bomber stations from 1941 – 1952. The vehicle was manned by a crew of five, 1 MT Driver and 4 Firemen; the MT Driver would act as pump operator. One Fireman would be dressed in an asbestos suit, for rescue duties, the others who operated the foam hose lines would be dressed in overalls, leather jackets and rubber boots, and a steel helmet with a skirt to cover the head and neck area. They were also equipped with an axe & belt and a quick release knife for cutting aircrew harnesses. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
23 AG 56
MK6 Alvis/Pyrenne Crash Truck
Made in 1956, this was one of the first of the variants of the MK6 production model. The MK6A, MK6B, MK6C & MK6D came out later. Externally they all looked alike, but this model has a smaller foam monitor than the later models. Production of the MK6 ended around 1963, although they remained in service until 1978. This vehicle spent some of its time at RAF Wyton in the 1970s and in 1976 was downgraded to instructional assembly. Records show that this crash truck served in Coastal, Transport, Fighter and Maintenance Commands. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
Emergency Fire Service
Power supplied by Cummins Diesel Engine with 130 BHP. This vehicle is a rare example of updating the original Green Goddess to be more modern. It was fitted with a brighter colour scheme, including a red stripe, and the engine was upgraded to be more powerful. Sadly the conversions worked out too expensive to be practical and ultimately the government sold off the Green Goddess fleet rather than upgrading. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
28 AJ 52
Royal Air Force
Dennis / Thornycroft Nubian Major Foam Tender MK9
The introduction of the MK9 along with TACR1 and new foams began a new era in crash fire-fighting. The MK 9 has a large tank capacity of 1250 gallons for water and 130 gallons for foam liquid. This meant that the MK9 did not need to rely upon extra water being delivered from DP trucks. The MK9 also had an impressive jet throw from its monitor which made it a particularly powerful and effective tool in fighting large aircraft fires. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
Royal Air Force
Bedford Mountain 4×4
The Bedford Mountain 4×4 was introduced in 1985 to fight fires on RAF sites which had Bloodhound missiles. After these missiles were removed from service these vehicles were used for domestic fire-fighting duties. The roof hatch was controlled by a monitor fitted to the cab roof. Stone guards protect the windscreen from flying debris, and a First Aid Hose Reel was also provided. There were 11 of this type of vehicle built. This particular vehicle served at RAF Nordhorn and was later sold to the Civil Defence Corp where it was sprayed bright yellow, it then moved to Seething Airfield in Norfolk (the lettering from which is still visible through its most recent respray). Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
KFF 132 / 24 AG 59
RAF Fire Service
Thornycroft Nubian 4×4 Dual Purpose (DPMK1/1A) Appliance
It was built to replace the wartime Water Tankers as backups to the Foam Tenders. The Dual Purpose Fire/Water Truck MK1 (DP1) went into service in 1957 and was supplied until 1958. Modifications were made to some and were supplied with a monitor and deployed on Surface-to-Air Missile sites, these vehicles were given the designation of DPMK1A and continued in service until 1980. As the name suggests (Dual Purpose) it was used not just as a water carrier but could be used as a Foam Crash Truck and was also equipped for Domestic Fire Fighting. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
23 AJ 99, KGV 46K
Truck Fire Fighting 4 x 2 Domestic Water 100gal Bedford
This appliance was number 22 of a batch of 25 ordered for the Royal Air Force in 1971. This unique series of appliances bore the typically long winded service designation of ‘Truck Fire Fighting 4 x 2 Domestic Water 100gal Bedford’ shortened by Fire Fighters to ‘Mini Angus’. They were bough to provide fire cover at RAF ‘non-flying’ stations such as training establishments, stores depots and hospitals. This particular vehicle spent the majority of it’s service life at RAF Hospital Nocton Hall in Lincolnshire. It went into storage in 1983 and was released from government service early in 1985. In July of the same year it was acquired by Crane Fluid Systems Ltd. and went to Ipswich where it served alongside their Works Fire Brigade until February 1997 when it was acquired for preservation. It has been painted various colours over the course of its life and so is now known as ‘Joseph’. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.
PKE 259L, 27 AG 81
Royal Air Force
Bedford / Pyrene Mk8
The Mk8 was introduced in the early 1970s to replace Mk 5 & Mk 5A Foam vehicles. It was the first modern Crash Tuck to be operated exclusively from the monitor position and had a Jaguar 4.2 ltr engine installed for driving the pump. It was never a popular vehicle amongst RAF Fire-Fighters because the Mk8 was sluggish and ungainly and had the unfortunate tendency of running out of water and petrol far too quickly. The Mk 8 was the last vehicle to use air-blown foam. Seen at the Museum of RAF Firefighting.