Category Archives: Fire (General)

YD52 TWW Here is a photograph of NYF&R’s Bronto Skylift…

YD52 TWW Here is a photograph of NYF&R’s Bronto Skylift. This ‘first’ is a very low vehicle, designed to fit into older fire stations and driven under low bridges. It cost £320,000 and is being used for training before being permanently stationed at York in 2003.
The rear of the above appliance. Fire engines have got lots of computerised equipment on board today, as seen behind the hatch. Near the top of the picture are the four wooden rests used to level the ground under the stabilisers.
A close up of one of the controls under the flap. The display is showing the safe operating limits of the boom (as detected by the computer) as well as the engine’s manning and other variables.
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R512 MPY is one of a pair of foam / water …

R512 MPY is one of a pair of foam / water carrying appliances bought by NYF&RS in 1998. The identical sister vehicle is R513 MPY. They are Volvo FL6.18 trucks with specialist touches including massive tanks and silver grilles and bumpers.
The side view, showing the petrol-tanker style bodywork supplied by Massey Tankers. A fixed ladder is on the nearside to allow access to the top of the tank.
The rear view. The water level meter can be seen alongside a locker and the blue warning lamps. This appliance often travels long distances to incidents and is sometimes on the run empty. This means that it can get about far faster and then use its powerful vacuum pump at an incident to fill up.
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NX03 JZL is a Volvo fire appliance based at …

NX03 JZL is a Volvo fire appliance based at Tadcater, North Yorkshire. It is a rescue unit built by Excalibur Specialist Vehicles and was new in April 2003.
The side view of the same engine, showing the lack of roof mounted ladders and large amount of lockers. This engine carries a small dinghy (oar-powered) for use on standing water.
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TD52 TWW A Mercedes Bronco Syklift appliance …

TD52 TWW A Mercedes Bronco Syklift appliance in use. Its stabilisers can be seen which allow the boom to move to a greater number of positions without risking tipping the appliance over.
The lift can be used to reach over obstacles, not just to reach heights. Here the operator is working the controls from the seated position at the base of the boom.
There are duplicate controls in the cradle, which allow the operator to move themselves about to great accuracy. Here the cradle looks to be hovering a few inches above the ground, some distance from the appliance.
A close-up look at the controls. The advanced electronics prohibits the user from moving the cradle to a position that could risk tipping the appliance.
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A 2002 Mercedes Bronco Skylift appliance …

A 2002 Mercedes Bronco Skylift appliance from NYF&RS.
The front view of the same appliance. It is pictured here on the run at York’s fire station. It is running on trade plates (398 BT) registered to NYF&RS, and will probably be ’52’ registered. During August and September 2002 it has been moving around fire stations to train fire fighters on this new appliance. This very photograph appeared in Turnout magazine.
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This was the oldest fully operational appliance …

This was the oldest fully operational appliance used by the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade in 2002. Alpha 07 is the mobile incident command unit that is used to co-ordinate a large fire. The appliance dates back to 1980. Here it is with two fire cars that are used by senior officers. It was dealing with a large scrap yard fire.
The size of this vehicle can clearly be seen from this picture. Typically, it houses a large array of equipment, including maps, chemical information, emergency lighting and a sophisticated fire ground radio system. Also on this photograph is a Northumbria Police Ford Focus that has closed the road off.
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