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Dennis Light Four - 1938
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No: 1612   Contributor: Dr. B.A. Hutchinson   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Dennis Light Four - 1938

FP3564 is a Dennis Light Four Pump Escape manufactured in 1938 to an order from the Oakham and Uppingham Districts Joint Fire Brigade in the County of Rutland. It is fitted with a 50' Merryweather Escape Ladder and a Dennis No.2 main pump. There is a first aid tank of 50 gallons for the hose reel. The engine is a 4 cylinder Dennis 'C' type sidevalve unit with a capacity of just over 4 litres. This engine was used extensively in all Dennis's of the 21/2 ton to 5 ton chassis range of this period. It was also fitted to the Dennis trailer pump of which several thousand were made for war time use. In the fire engine application a twin plug head was fitted with the plugs being supplied either by a coil ignition circuit or by a magneto. This gave extra reliability.
Picture added on 18 November 2006
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Coleraine in Northern Ireland also had 1 of these of these Dennis Light Four's. it was also a PE although not sure of the ladder maker. It was reg no DZ 6866

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 29 December 2006.
do u know how many were built?my dad owns 1 in sligo ireland

Added by Aidan Fallon on 03 January 2007.
Braidwood bodies, with a long narrow equipment box for the crew members to sit on sideways in the open air, were not often combined with an enclosed driver's cab like this.

By 1938 this old fashioned open Braidwood style - named after an Edinburgh Firemaster who invented it in 1824 - was rapidly being replaced by fully enclosed "limousine" fire engines, which had started to appear in Lisbon and Paris in the 1920s, and were first supplied in the UK by Dennis to Edinburgh and Darlington in 1931.

This is therefore something of a transitional design. What we in Yorkshire used to describe as "nether nowt nor summat".

Added by Rob Johnson on 18 March 2018.
"nether nowt nor summat" Rob speech English!LOL How about a translation.

Added by Les Davis on 30 March 2018.
Les:- "Neither something nor nothing". American and English bilingual people like me sometimes forget which language we are using. Sorry!

Just to add another soupcon of international flavor, Berlin was also buying fully enclosed pumpers as early as 1929. Wunderbar!

Added by Rob Johnson on 03 April 2018.
Rob do you still have a L.I. accent?

Added by Les Davis on 04 April 2018.
Not when I write!

Added by Rob Johnson on 18 April 2018.
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