Category Archives: Vintage Fire

UWV 560 This is a preserved Commer Mark IV with Miles coachwork …



UWV 560 This is a preserved Commer Mark IV with Miles coachwork and was with Wiltshire Fire Brigade. Restoration began in 2005 when the vehicle was in a very poor condition with the engine not working. Notice the folding door to access the rear portion of the cab and the wooden ladders. Emergency warning equipment comes from a blue beacon, bell and horns mounted on the roof and a half blue static light on the nearside bumper.

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XYM 677 This is a 1960 Matchless G3LS motorbike…



XYM 677 This is a 1960 Matchless G3LS motorbike which was with the AFS. It has a 350cc engine and was stored in a Scottish aircraft hanger with eight other examples when the AFS disbanded in 1968. 11 years later it was sold to a private owner.



The rear view of the Matchless, showing the canvas panniers and solitary rear light (arm signals were used for turning).

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B759 GCN This vehicle used to be ‘foxtrot zero…



B759 GCN This vehicle used to be ‘foxtrot zero eight’ with Tyne & Wear MFB. It is a Dennis SS133 and is used solely for transporting ‘foxtrot zero nine’, fire boat Tinea.



The rear view. Tinea is a twin-engined Marshall Branson boat that was new in 1990. This boat and trailer combination saw many years service from Walker fire station in Newcastle.

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JEN 507G is a 1968 Haflinger ‘First Aider’ fire…



JEN 507G is a 1968 Haflinger ‘First Aider’ fire engine. This very small fire engine is by Ryders / Schofield & Sons and was originally painted yellow. The role of the vehicle was to be a first response to fires in difficult terrain, such as off-road. This was helped by its selectable four wheel drive but hindered by its 28 bhp engine.



The side view of this diminutive engine. Two firemen would fill the cramped cabin and it is easy for an adult to look over the top of it. It has a 50 gallon water tank, equipment lockers and a small set of ladders on the roof. This was the only vehicle ever built and served in Sedburgh (Cumbria) until 1981.

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WRM 554S is a 1978 109″ Land Rover HCB/Angus …



WRM 554S is a 1978 109″ Land Rover HCB/Angus light fire appliance. When new, it was destined for Tanzania, but the order was cancelled and it actually started off its life with British Steel, then went on to a paper mill in Cumbria. It was used as a control unit and this can be seen by the red light fitted (it is also fitted with a blue and an amber light). When it retired after 23 years to be placed in a museum it had covered only 3,700 miles!

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