R999 WAG is a multi-purpose Land Rover Freelander. It is used to transport medics to remote locations or in snowy weather and also used for traffic monitoring work. It is fitted with a range of amber flashing lights.
Q107 JCP This is the Backdraft Wheelie Truck, a custom-built vehicle that looks like a fire engine. It has blue flashing lights all round and water pumps fitted. Here you can see it starting to lift its front wheels as flames ironically shoot from the twin vertical exhausts.
The rear view of Backdraft showing its party piece of driving on its rear wheels. It can turn corners by having individual brakes on each wheel. The water tank has been emptied and steel to the same weight has been added for stability.
This Volkswagen Beetle look-a-like car is designed for children. It is seen here in a police livery with a comical number plate. It is designed to attract people to the sales stand for Crown Conversions (Airdrie).
A lot of effort has gone into building this electric car. It is compete with high visibility markings and even has its own retractable roof.
H45 AAB An ex-RAF Land Rover. It is in excellent condition and still has a blue revolving light on the roof as well as repeaters on the bull-bars. Above the windscreen is a space where an illuminated ‘ambulance’ sign used to be.
The rear view. This type of Land Rover was used as crash ambulances. They were used when an aircraft came down away from its base.
E788 LAJ is a 1987 fire-engine-style recovery appliance owned and run by Commercial Services (Tadcaster) CST Ltd. It is an Air Cushion Recovery Unit and shares it’s blue colour scheme with a number of similar vehicles in the fleet. However this is the only one to have blue lights fitted. It is an ex-North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue vehicle. After being involved in a crash when on a blue light run, the vehicle was written off and bought by CST. They refurbished it and kept the blue light bar in place. It may be that the vehicle was a declared resource of NYFRS to assist with lifting HGVs as RTCs and that CST have a good relationship with watches at Tadcaster fire station which is almost next door.
E789 LAJ is the sister vehicle of the above appliance. It is an Dennis DS153 / HCB-Angus emergency tender with NYFRS
R446 TBC This is a Vauxhall Astra which is used as a warden’s patrol vehicle. Wardens work very closely with the police to provide extra manpower in specific housing estates.
The rear view. This Astra is decked out in a police-style livery and has a camera and monitor mounted inside to collect evidence of criminal or unruly behavior.
Y336 FAR An Orange County Sheriff’s Ford Crown Victoria police car. The vehicle is used for crime prevention in the UK and was a gift from the US force.
The rear view. Notice the middle livery on the boot lid is Northumbria Police (the owners) and the additional flashing lights on the parcel shelf.
This is an emergency planning unit trailer. This one carries an inflatable tent for shelter wherever it is needed. It is towed by the vehicle below.
We have here a white Ford Maverick. It is equipped with a Dorman magnetic beacon for when it is used for emergency responses. It has Wig wag flashers front and rear and comes with siren and public address system (used for off-road and public information). In addition it is equipped with VHF, UHF and PMR radio. A 30-foot telescopic mast is mountable to the rear of the vehicle for use as a forward command post and it also comes complete with a electric generator. It also carries a mountable winch, comprehensive first aid kit and foam fire extinguisher and various hi-viz jackets.
Here is a Red Vauxhall Astra, used for emergency responses. It is equipped with a premier hazard orange lightbar, front grill strobes and rear ‘wig wag’ flashers. Communication is via a Motorsport Safety & Medical Frequency radio, CB and mobile phone. It also has a siren and public address system (this is used off-road for responses and to pass on information to spectators). In addition to this it also carries fire extinguishers, a comprehensive first aid kit, traffic cones, tool kits, scene tape (like police line tape but red/white or red/yellow) and Hi-Vis clothing.
This is a Mitchell 28 Sea Warrior called Ebor Light II and is based at Naburn marina, near York, North Yorkshire. British Waterways have fitted a blue light bar to the roof of the cabin to warn other mariners when they are assisting in an emergency call.
The stern view. British Waterways used patrol boats to uphold laws and by-laws on inland waterways. In 2012 they became the Canal and Rivers Trust.