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Hose Unit - AR-2 (131) model 133A in Kiev
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No: 10883   Contributor: Viacheslav Maksimov   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Pozhmashina   Country: Ukraine
Hose Unit - AR-2 (131) model 133A in Kiev

Fire Brigade - 27 Fire Station, Kiev Fire Dept
Factory - Pozhmashina (Ladan, Ukraine)
Chassis type - ZIL-131
Drive configuration - 6 x 6
Crew - 1+2
Hose 150 mm - 1360 m
Water/foam roof monitor - 3600 l/min
Year built - 1987
Picture added on 09 September 2008
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By golly y'all add a whole new meaning to the term "whitewalls"! It would be far-out if they were reflective. BTW, THANK YOU for posting all the photos from Russia. Not something we see everyday, especially here in Scratchankle, Tennessee USA.

Added by Thefireman on 09 September 2008.
Big fat white stripe + big fat whitewalls + white front doors = very distinctive truck, without any fancy striping or reflective tape slathered every where.

Dare we admit it is a cheap and effectice solution, even if a bit culturally off-center to our western eyes?

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 July 2013.
I like it Rob. Reminds me of a few APCs I used to ride around in! Rather too loud with the tyres but the body colour is correct!

Added by John Stott on 14 July 2013.
Almost all of the older USSR firefighting appliances were built on military type chassis - and all of them had the same rather chunky whitewalls as part of their standard "livery".

Probably the most amazing one was the 8X8 airport crash truck, on a chassis derived from one originally designed to carry scud missiles!

Still, the old RAF salamander 6X6 crash truck was on the same Alvis chassis as the army's scaracen APC, so I guess we should not be too surprised - although I don not remember the RAF ever getting into whitewall tyres.

PS. Alvis is another disappeared British brand, too.

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 July 2013.
Indeed Rob the old Mk 6 was a truly remarkable machine and remembered with much affection by many of us that used it. One of the drivers most frightening tests during tactical training was to reverse up an earth incline at speed using the pre select box, a sobering experience! Of course the army also used this as the amphibious Stalwart ammunition carrier. The RCAF used the fire appliance version as well branded as "G19".
The BS brigade will remember the way of making tyres look smart, the habit of painting red diesel onto the tyre wall to blacken them was common place. Not sure what it did for the rubber but it looked good!

Added by John Stott on 15 July 2013.
I remember when I was a kid that our local fire appliances in Darlington had their tyres shined up all the time, but I never knew their secret!

It does not seem to be something fire brigades bother with nowadays.

Added by Rob Johnson on 15 July 2013.
The old Darlington Borough machines were always smartly turned out. RAF fire trainees would visit or vice versa on some courses. We were pleased to see that we were not the only folk required to shine equipment!
One of my beliefs in polishing and handling gear is that a person would know the equipment inside out, all of its functions. In my latter retained days full timers would pour scorn on our Sabres cleanliness and turnout, the usual "it shows its never used stuff". All good humoured, however to me, it displays a personal pride in what a crew does and their worth to their communities.

Added by John Stott on 16 July 2013.
John - if anybody is daft enough to think clean = never used, they only need call around the corner to where I live now. Chicago's Engine 13 does more than 4, 000 runs a year and you can see your face in it! And the same members are also part of the city SCUBA diving team as well as crewing the fireboats when neeeded, so they do not get a lot of idle time when they are on the bell.

Added by Rob Johnson on 16 July 2013.
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