These historic photos dating from around 1971 show the fire brigade responding to a fire call as a crowd gathers on the pavement. They are at a ‘persons reported’ call where there is information that someone may be trapped in a house fire. Two ambulances have also arrived on scene to deal with any casualties. Furthermore two police cars have also arrived to assist. The scene is at Avenue Road in Gateshead.
BBB 22J is the ERF fire engine (in brighter red)
ATN 336B is the AEC fire engine, recognised by the non black roof and conical blinker lights. This was always a Fossway engine but must have been in the reserve fleet at the time. It is maroon and parked immediately outside the house.
EBB 783 is an Emergency Tender ‘Charlie 4’ from Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. It is the maroon vehicle parked on the opposite side of the street.
The two ambulances are based at Gateshead.
WPT 214J is a British Leyland Mini Van from 1971. A second Mini Van is seen in the foreground. From 1969 the Austin and Morris badges were dropped and they were just known as the Mini Van. It is either a 848cc or 998cc version which were cosmetically the same. The vehicles are operated by Durham Constabulary during the short period of time when they covered Gateshead. In 1969 Gateshead county borough police merged into Durham county but just five years later in 1974 Gateshead was taken over by the newly formed Northumbria Police as part of the local authority boundary changes and the formation of the county of Tyne and Wear.
Land Rover Defender 110
London Fire Brigade
Austin Maestro Van
East Riding Auxiliary Fire Service
National Fire Service
KWE 919J, UOH 811S, MDH 998E
A line up of three different Land Rovers which have all been restored by the National Emergency Services Museum
Thorneycroft Nubian Major / Gloster Saro
Seen at the Highland Aviation Museum
London Fire Brigade
1966 Land Rover 109″ Series 2a HCB Angus Firefly fire tender
Mercedes Benz Unimog
Was new in 1958. Previously saw service with City of Manchester Airport Fire Brigade. Seen at the Llandudno Transport Festival 2018.
Dating from 1955 and seen at the Llandudno Transport Festival 2018.
Bedford pump escape
New in 1940 and seen at the Llandudno Transport Festival 2018.
Midland Fire Rescue Service
Range Rover TACR2
Called Master Gabriel. Previously in service with the RAF. Seen at the Llandudno Transport Festival 2018.
Bromsgrove Urban District Council
Dennis Ace 40cwt Pump
Dating from 1935 and seen at the Llandudno Transport Festival 2018.
Previously saw service with Corus Steel.
Land Rover 109 Series 3
Hand-built fire vehicle from 1978. It is a self-propelled foam deluge unit. It has a 2.6 litre six cylinder petrol engine. It was specially built for Eggborough Power Station in North Yorkshire. The vehicle would have connected to a water supply using lengths of hose to produce a fire-fighting foam. The cannon could deliver the foam over a great area. The vehicle ended its frontline service in 2018 when the power plant was decommissioned. It was kept in service during initial demolition works as a dust supression unit. It was then donated to the National Emergency Services Museum in late 2018.
London Fire Brigade
Austin Maestro 500
Formerly in service with LFB as a support vehicle and now in private preservation
Green Goddess seen at The Hollies in Cheshire
Army Fire Service
Yellow Goddess. Used by army fire crews in Northern Ireland and painted differently to other military vehicles (green) to distinguish its humanitarian role
Alderney Fire Brigade
Previously a front-line fire vehicle on the small Channel Island of Alderney and now in preservation in North East England
Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade
States of Jersey Fire Service
Water Tender. Was registered in Jersey as J36439 and also saw service in Devon
Greater Manchester Fire Service
Land Rover 110
This 1983 2.5 litre diesel appliance was stationed at Heywood. It was designed for assisting with road traffic collisions.
Morris Fire Brigade
Used at the Morris engines factory in Coventry from new in 1957. It served 31 years in this role. In 2017 it is in preservation and has amazingly only covered 1800 miles from new!
Gloucester City Fire Brigade
New in 1956, this Sunbeam was used by the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Bournemouth until 1969. The vehicle shown has different registration plates front and rear.
City of Chester Fire Brigade
Dating from 1949, this pump escape has been fully restored when sen in 2018. It is part of Cheshire FRS’s historic fleet. The Rolls Royce 8-cylinder engine, combined with a 4-speed gearbox, propells the emergency appliance from 0-60 mph in a heady 45 seconds. Fuel consumption is usually 3 or 4 mpg.