1950 Dennis F7/Dennis Pump Escape.
This appliances(reg-GOW 67)dates from 1950 and is a Dennis F7/Dennis Pump Escape and was new to the Southampton Fire Brigade and was stationed at St Mary's Fire Station.
The appliance was powered by a Rolls Royce B80 engine,was fitted with a mid-ship 1,000gpm pump and carried a 50ft Morris wheeled escape ladder and was to serve the City of Southampton until going out of service in 1971.
The appliance was rescued from a scrap yard many years later by the Basingstoke Old Fire Appliance Society and restoration began.Restoration continued over the years by the Botley Old Fire Engine Society,it then passed to a John Deeker of Pains Fireworks,Whiteparish.The appliance being fully restored,having had more owners was seen at many of the rallies and fire shows during the 1980's and 1990's and looked truly brilliant when I photographed her back in August,1993 at the Southampton Fire Engine Rally held at the royal victoria country park.
Haven't seen this appliance for many years,wonder if she's still around today?.
Picture added on 30 November 2009 at 16:23