Fire Engine Photos
1954 Dennis Metz TL 125ft (100ft)
New in 1954 it served with Belfast Fire Brigade until the late 1980's when it was purchased by the present owner directly from the Brigade (Stanley Seymour was in charge of the workshops then...). It is powered by a Rolls Royce B80 8 cylinder petrol engine which also drives the ladder and the mid-mounted Dennis No. 2 pump. The Metz ladder was originally 125' when extended ,but was shortened to 100' to improve stability. All ladder operations are directly mechanically driven by drum type winches, although a hydraulic system is used for the engagement of the ladder drive clutches.
The crew cab was fully exposed on this type of appliance, which presented a safety problem to the exposed third man during the riots on the streets of Belfast during the 1970's. The Brigade workshops therefore very neatly enclosed the open crew cab. OZ9607 came out of service also with other useful accessories such as blast proof secondary glazing to the windscreen and side windows.
Picture added on 29 December 2006