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1936 Dennis Big 4  Pump  Escape
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No: 12125   Contributor: Pete Matten   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
1936 Dennis Big 4 Pump Escape

1936 Dennis Big 4 (Braidwood Style Bodywork) Pump Escape.

This 1936 Dennis Big 4 Pump Escape (reg MJ 8870) was new to the Bedford Town Fire Brigade and then
passed via the National Fire Service (in 1941) to Bedfordshire Fire Service in 1948.
During the 1960's,it was a works appliance at the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering at Wrest
Park,Silsoe in Bedfordshire.It then went into presevation and was owned by someone in the Dorset area
and then Hampshire.
This photograph was taken in 1992 at the Southampton Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Rally held at the
Royal Victoria Country Park,Netley,Southampton.One of the last shows to be held there.
Picture added on 02 November 2008
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The basic design - normal control, open cab, Braidwood box and rear mounted pump - is really not all that different from Dennis Brothers' first fire pump built in 1908, 28 years earlier!

Of course, there are a lot of technological changes - more powerful engine, higher pump capacity, addition of a small water tank and hose reel system, better electricals, wheels, tires and brakes and a windscreen, but the overall design is just the same.

Flash forwards to 1949, when the F7 was introduced, and the next thirteen years represent an almost complete design revolution! Forward control, fully enclosed cab, massively powerful eight cylinder engine, higher capacity pump, bigger water tank, more locker space - a giant leap forward...

Added by Rob Johnson on 12 April 2018.
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