Category Archives: FIRE

H220 UCX This Volvo ex-fire engine is owned by…

H220 UCX This Volvo ex-fire engine is owned by Firemans Lifts York. The owner is a firefighter in Bridlington, North Yorkshire and drives this vehicle in his spare time as a limousine. Notice how the blue rotating beacons on the roof have been covered in yellow, but the two repeater lights on the front have been left blue.
The rear view of the same appliance, showing an advertising board and further blue lights facing rearwards. Also notice that the yellow stripe up the side contains the company’s website address in place of the name of the fire service.
Inside, looking to the back of the vehicle from the passenger seat. It is unusually spacious inside because the cab has been extended back into where the water tank was. The front-most side lockers have been welded closed and new interior walls added.
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Q809 HNR is a quirky home-made miniature fire…

Q809 HNR is a quirky home-made miniature fire engine. Road-legal, it was built and is run by Leistershire F&R as a fund raising vehicle. At events it takes children on journeys from its (inflatable) fire station!
The rear view, showing the passengers. It has fully functioning blue flashing lights, but in place of a siren it has a very loud speaker system which plays cheesy pop records to warn people of its presence!
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Above we have a kid-size fire engine made from…

Above we have a kid-size fire engine made from a milk float! Called ‘Little Dennis’, it takes a small number of children on a ride (off the roads) and returns to it’s inflatable ‘fire station’. The vehicle has working blue lights and siren, as well as a miniature water jet to surprise passers-by! It carries the fake registration ‘999 FIRE’. Little Dennis raises funds for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund and is based in Cleveland Brigade, run by Hartlepool Green Watch.
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HX06 OFL This green Land Rover Defender is…

HX06 OFL This green Land Rover Defender is used by the Forestry Commission as a fire and rescue vehicle by rural safety officers. It is used in the Hampshire area and is run in conjunction with the local fire service. It is fitted with a double blue light bar on the roof and you can also see smaller blue flashing lights on the front of the vehicle.
A second view of the Defender, seen here towing a Hampshire FRS trailer. This vehicle is often used by Jim Green who is an animal rescue specialist.
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This Firefly hovercraft is used by Avon Fire and…

This Firefly hovercraft is used by Avon Fire and Rescue Service. based at Weston-super-Mare fire station. It is designed for use along the shoreline between Brean Down and Sand Bay.
The craft is piloted from the front whilst at the rear there are three dedicated seats fro additional crew members.
The rear view of the hovercraft showing the rudders which provide the directional control.
As well as being fitted with blue lights there are a number of search lights which can be used during night time rescues.
WX57 TKA This Nissan Navara is used to tow the hovercraft by trailer should it be required at an inland incident such as a flood.
The rear view showing the over sized trailer.
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This is one of two hovercraft that Gloucestershire…

This is one of two hovercraft that Gloucestershire FRS operate. New in 2008, they are transported on trailers behind marked 4×4 fire cars. They were fully paid for by Severn Trent Water.
The rear view of the go-anywhere craft. The top speed of 45 mph will help to rescue people, particularly in the flood-prone areas.
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Massey Shaw is a very special fire boat moored at…

Massey Shaw is a very special fire boat moored at London Fire Brigade’s Lambeth headquarters. It is the oldest original operating fire boat in Europe (notice the single blue rotating beacon on top of the cabin). It was built in 1935 and retired in 1971, but is still used for pumping displays today. It was more recently made famous by appearing on Channel 4’s ‘Salvage Squad’ programme in January 2004.
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The NYF&R team prepare the fire boat for…

The NYF&R team prepare the fire boat for launch into the River Ouse at York.
A look here at the dashboard of the fire boat. It is fitted with a sophisticated moving mapping system and global positioning system, as well as radios and a mobile telephone. The boats position can be found to a few meters, so you’ll never be lost!
One of the NYF&R Landrovers has winched the boat and trailer into the river. If the situation allows, the Landrover can reverse the boat down the slipway as an alternative means of launching (shown below).
The fire crew can just about be seen here through the undergrowth. They are on a training exercise a couple of miles from York.
The smaller red fire boat practices towing the larger yellow boat. This could easily be a member of the public who’s engine has failed for some reason. Notice the yellow boat’s engines are out of the water.
Both boats can be seen here as the crew of the yellow boat unties the ropes after the successful tow.
The crew take a breather for a debrief. There is no chance of you missing this bright yellow boat easily!
A picture of the new fire boat on it’s trailer. It is towed by a red fire Landrover.
This is the new NYF&R fire boat. It was bought in November 01 and is based at the York station. The older orange RIB (below) is still being kept. Selected fire-fighters are trained on the boat, but still answer calls in the engines most of the time. This picture shows a ‘fly-past’ for me with the blue flashing lights on (top rear of boat).
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NK53 HYP This blue Yamaha is used by firefighters in…

NK53 HYP This blue Yamaha is used by firefighters in Durham and Darlington to help educate youths on avoiding road accidents. The writing on the side reads “Firewatch – safer people, safer places”.
The rear shot, showing the second bike in the iron lung (NK53 JHV). The pair of bikes were previously operated by the police, but it was thought that the message about road safety would be more effective coming from fire fighters as they generally receive more respect from that age group.
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RO04 EWC This is a Honda ST1300 fire motorbike…

RO04 EWC This is a Honda ST1300 fire motorbike. It was the first successful operational response motorcycle in the UK. It was set up and ridden by Crew Manager Terry Clarry in Liverpool city centre from June 2004 to May 2009. It responded to automated fire alarms, the majority of which had been found to be false alarms in the past. The bike was also used as an engagement tool for youth programmes and was requested by the city council during large public events.
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