Keymer Fire Station,West Sussex Fire & Rescue.
This photograph from 1994 shows Keymer Fire Station in the county of West Sussex which is one of 19 retained fire stations with the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.Keymer was never built for todays ultra modern machines though as can certainly be seen from this picture.
The appliance is from 1992(reg-J76GRV)and is a Dennis F88 Rapier TF202/JDC Water Tender Ladder and even back then,this appliance only just fit into this typical village fire station,only though after mirrors had been moved in before reversing,then pushed back out again after the appliance was moved out of the station.
The latest appliance from 2009 which we've seen and talked about that is due for Keymer(reg-HX58CNU),is a MAN/JDC Water Tender Ladder,and hopefully this new appliance should go into service at some time in the not to distant future.Hope they remember to put those mirrors in.
Please don't ask why Keymer cannot have a new station,all I know is that going way back when,all this area was privately owned and the owner kindly I think donated this particular spot for the village to have its own volunteer fire brigade,nothing else could/can be built on this ground.It would be interesting to see if someone can add a little more on this subject,and the history of the Keymer Fire Brigade.
Picture added on 10 November 2009 at 20:14