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KP58 NCO Suffolk Fire and Rescue Volvo
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No: 18337   Contributor: Graham   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Volvo   Country: United Kingdom
KP58 NCO Suffolk Fire and Rescue Volvo

Side view of KP58 NCO Pump Rescue Tender, Stowmarket, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. To me it looks ugly and untidy under the crew cab. 11 July 2009
Picture added on 13 July 2009 at 18:37
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Agree Graham, looks a mishmash, almost like an afterthougt ? Who is the body builder on this please ?

Added by John Johnstone on 13 July 2009.
I am sure someone will say that it looks ugly and untidy above the crew cab as well!
No prizes for guessing who that might be.

Added by Bob on 13 July 2009.
John bodywork by JDC.

Added by Paul Warnock on 13 July 2009.
Now Bob hope you didnt mean me? Mind you, it is an ugly machine.

Added by John Stott on 14 July 2009.
Ugly machine, this is by far the best new volvo i have seen!! Some of the other new volvos are awful!!!

Added by Peter Bromley on 14 July 2009.
the cab looks like a AA rec truck. you can't beat a FL6 they looked the biz

Added by Tg on 14 July 2009.
It's not bad, just the underneath of the crewcab looks abit hit n miss, maybe if it was painted black and then use reflective tape on the step ? seen it on another new Volvo like this built by JDC tell you what though, cab look huge no bad thing for the crews !

Added by John Johnstone on 14 July 2009.
Tg the AA recovery trucks are usually Renault or Daf based but both share the same cab as this quite an old design now but quite new to Volvo as the FL6 was well passed it's sell by date .

Added by John Johnstone on 15 July 2009.
I agree John what im trying to say is once again a truck cab being used as a fire engine. I'm all for progress but you go back to the bedfords and dennis they were built for the job of firefighting.

Added by Tg on 16 July 2009.
As a serving Firefighter on this appliance this Volvo is Fantastic, The space available for the crew is excellent, individual seats in the back for the crew rather than the bench style arrangement in standard appliances where your back rest is a BA set! Although the underside may look a little untidy, the overall performance of this machine by far out ways this issue. The Role and demands of the modern Fire and Rescue Service is constantly changing as are the vehicles and equipment carried. Keeping up to date with new advancements for both crew facilities and equipment can only benefit those that need our help.

Added by Carl Theobald on 22 July 2009.
That is good to hear Carl, this is how a fire appliance should be !

Maybe Volvo have got it right with this one as the feedback at the mo is positive, so that is good.

In terms of handling i still can't see them being as good as a purpose built appliance, but aslong as these are good enough i guess it's all we can ask of them .

Please keep us updated with any problems / issues etc and also the positives please, thanks Carl for your insight into these best wishes to you mate .

Added by John Johnstone on 22 July 2009.
Carl,thanks for your observations and comments. However, I can only speak for myself and for my experiences, its not a purpose built and designed machine. They can only perform within their commercial design parameters, in fact some additions for firefighting skew the handling and performance making some, not all, dangerous. I respect your view, as I do everyone else on here, but these machines will never replace the likes of Sabres, Rapiers and Bedfords for overall balance and fitness for the job.

Added by John Stott on 23 July 2009.
I think it looks untidy underneath the blue beacons with the black strip

Added by Harry copsey on 02 August 2009.
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