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brandweer Schoten Opel Blitz
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No: 15829   Contributor: Louis van Telgen   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Opel   Country: The Netherlands
brandweer Schoten Opel Blitz

In 1949 the fire brigade of Schoten in Belgium put this 1939 formal German Feuerschutzpolizei Opel Blitz pumper with Magirus bodywork in service. It was use till 1979 by this fire brigade. Nowaday it is in a private collection in the Netherlands, just across the border with Belgium.
Picture added on 07 March 2009
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Feuerschutzpolizei was the national police fire service in Germany during WWII. This basic Opel Blitz was one of a number of different light pumpers they operated. It would have been originally painted green. It had a nine seat crew cab, a rear mounted pump but no water tank.

Added by Rob Johnson on 18 September 2019.
The Feuerschutzpolizei ("fire protection police") was one of two German national fire service organizations during WWII, and was a division of the federal police force.

For this reason, this Opel light pumper would have been originally painted dark green, the official color for all police vehicles at the time.

It had an 800 LPM pump, a nine seat crew cab and a standardized set of hoses, ladders and equipment, but no water tank, and these were built on a variety of chassis. The specification was the basis for the later LF8, which was used by almost all of Germany's post war volunteer fire companies.

Quite a few German fire service vehicles went into service in Belgium, France and The Netherlands shortly after WW II, but how they got there does not seem to be all that well documented.

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 September 2019.
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