Category Archives: Vintage Fire

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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CYY 299C This is an Austin Gipsy AFS (Auxilary…

CYY 299C This is an Austin Gipsy AFS (Auxilary Fire Service) vehicle. It did not see very much action in its life: most of the time it was stored as a reserve and amazingly covered only 3,000 miles from 1965 to 1997! Note the amber lights above the headlights – a forerunner of blue flashing lights.
The rear view of the same Gipsy. This is a 1965 (series 4) example with the 2.2 lire petrol engine producing a frugal 72 bhp. The canvas back and all of the tyres are original and unrestored. The Austin Gipsy was built from 1958 to 1968 and is commonly mistaken for a Land Rover.
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GXH 864 A blast from the past here with a…

GXH 864 A blast from the past here with a preserved National Fire Service vehicle. It has a ‘George Rex’ insignia on the doors and the wartime headlight blinkers.
The rear view, showing that it is actually an almost-empty van with wooden roof ladders.
Watch a video of this vehicle in action!

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THN 948S An ex-Cleveland County Fire Brigade…

THN 948S An ex-Cleveland County Fire Brigade engine is easy to spot with its white front. This Dennis is equipped with horns, a bell, blue lights and rather surprisingly around that back …
… a wheeled escape! This is the very last engine to have such an arrangement (1977), which had been used for hundreds of years to help fight fires.
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