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Ottery  St  Mary  Rally  28-6-09 Commer Q4
Fire Engine Photos
No: 18325   Contributor: Morgan Chapman   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Commer   Country: United Kingdom
Ottery St Mary Rally 28-6-09 Commer Q4

Commer Q4 AFS GP Truck.
Picture added on 12 July 2009 at 16:30
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Some of these were used by the AFS as hoselayers and as water supply vehicles (with inflatable rafts, hoses and pupms). We had some boxbody versions in the Army - they're absolutely horrible to drive!

Added by Roger greenaway on 04 August 2009.
Commonly used by the AFS as a pipe carrier, carrying the heavy plastic 6" piping and victolic couplings to use the 6" throughput on the Green Monster pumps.

Added by Colin Foster on 26 February 2012.
This isn't a pipe carrier though Colin.
The bodywork for the pipe carrier is diferent, they dindt have a canvas hood over the back and the framework doubled the hight of the vehicle.

Added by Davey G on 26 February 2012.
Commer Q4 Lorry 388 XUJ.
Built 1955, registered in 1964 (ALF 9B). Served as an Auxiliary Fire Service vehicle until AFS disbanded in 1968. Stored until 1988 then sold off. Original registration number was also sold. Present Owner, Peter Thomas, Devon.

Added by Helen & Mike on 27 February 2012.
and they certainly did not have a Perkins diesel engine fitted !!!!

Added by Barrie Green on 27 February 2012.
According to the handbook from the 2011 fire rally at Escot House this was used by the AFS as a petrol carrier. Perkins engine, now that I cannot comment on, but the bage looks good, being a retired Perkins engine fitter.

Added by Helen & Mike on 28 February 2012.
Oh Mike, give me a Perkins V8-540 any day. I grew up with them inside Ford D, Dennis RS/SS and Dodge G12/13 water tender ladders. The sound and the smoke permiating from the exhaust made the classic British fire engine for me.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 28 February 2012.
Hi Davey,
yes you're absoltely correct. I was commenting on the use of these large load carriers by the AFS. I seem to recall the pipe carriers had lockers along the sides where all the couplings were stored. (I think)

Added by Colin Foster on 28 February 2012.
The Commer would originally have had a petrol engine when built

Added by Barrie Green on 28 February 2012.
Colin that's right they did have lockers down each side for the couplings, they were open backed with poles to hold the pipes in place. I took a picture of one at the museum at Elsecar will look for it and post it on here.

Added by Dave Price on 01 March 2012.
This used to be my truck . It did have lockers on it when I had it . Its got a lovely Perkins P6 sad to have sold it

Added by Lindsay Barrow on 11 November 2013.
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