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Flints new fire station 1960
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No: 21807   Contributor: Herbie Brick   Year: 1960   Country: United Kingdom
Flints new fire station 1960

Flints new four bay Station opened on Chester road in 1960. The station replaced the old station at Earls Street. The first bay housed a 1959 Commer Karrier 21A Gamecock/Carmicael water tender SDM 826. The appliance was purchased new in 1959 with her sister appliance SDM 827 which was located at Prestatyn Station. The second bay housed a 1938 Leyland Cub Pump Escape BDM 308 which had served at Hawarden. (See photo sent in by Petros) Both SDM 826 and BDM 308 had transferred from the Earls Street upon the opening of the new station.
Located in the 3rd bay was 1954 AFS Bedford Green Goddess NYV 35.In the end bay was a 1955 AFS Bedford S type Hose layer NYV 632. The hose layer carried one mile of 6-in hose coupled together in 75ft flaked lengths. She also carried 6-in bridgeing piping and special couplings so that once erected could convey water through the pipeline over a road or carriageway without impeding traffic. She also carried a bikini raft. If any one knows what happened to NYV 35 or NYV 632 your help would be most appreciated.
Picture added on 24 January 2010 at 16:55
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Funny I was only passing last Monday, and taking an interest and now this has appeared on here. Would I be correct in thinking that they have hovercraft there, for use on the estuary?

Added by Andrew Wright on 24 January 2010.
NYV 35 was sent to a firm called Vass in Bedfordshire as were loads of other AFS appliances to be sold on, no record of a buyer. NYV 632 was sent to another firm Branston after 87. it seams strange to have a Bikini raft on a hose layer as these were on a separate unit as they needed other equipment as well to use them. Most were on a Commer Q4. only the prototype being Bedford.

Added by Dave Price on 25 January 2010.
Sadly over time the station as been reduced to one pump. The other three bays are occasionally used to house spare or Divisional staff vehicles. The hover craft belongs to a charity organisation and have been given permission to garage the machine at the station. They have attempted to become affiliated with the other rescue organisations without success .As it stands at this moment in time they are allowed to garage the hover craft at the station but do not attend emergency calls. Hope this helps Andrew.

Added by Herbie Brick on 25 January 2010.
Thanks Dave for the information on the two AFS appliances. Regarding the Bikini raft, this came from the Bikini Raft unit Based at Rhyl. This appliance as you quite rightfully stated was a Commer Q4. Flint was given a Bikini Raft to be placed on the hose layer due to Flint’s location near the Dee Estuary

Added by Herbie Brick on 25 January 2010.
Hi Herbie, and thanks, I noticed that there was only one machine. I live in Holyhead, so only pass at the odd time, up till last week I hadn't noticed the hovercraft.

Added by Andrew Wright on 25 January 2010.
Just dying to know - a Bikini Raft? - same thing as the inflatable 'Zodiac' brand boat ??

BTW Is the hovercraft RNLI(Royal National Lifeboat Institution); or another outfit's ?

Many years ago, crewed on British Hovercraft Corporation SRN-5 and SRN-6 machines, so have kept an interest...

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 26 January 2010.
A Bikini raft is an inflatable raft with buoyancy tubes secured to a wooden platform. Developed to enable pumps to be floated on water supplies, which would otherwise be inaccessible to fire appliances. Three LPP are mounted on the raft, drawing water through special suction bends through the raft platform and discharging shoreward’s through hose lines. Motive power and steering was provided by the jet reaction from one of the pumps.
Regarding the Hover craft, no this is not an RNLI one, but privately owned. Hope this helps Pat.

Added by Herbie Brick on 26 January 2010.
Thanks Herbie - I got it - an ingenious idea.

I think I have seen a floating pump arrangement, in the literature, over here - but just a single portable pump on its own buoyancy ring.


Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 27 January 2010.
There is still one Bikini Unit that is preserved and is fully kitted, it was at the Derby Fire Show last year and pictures of it are on there web site if you have never seen one.

Added by Dave Price on 29 January 2010.
If anyone is interested, Flint fire station on Chester Road is 50 years old this year and on 22 May 2010, a celebration is been held to mark the occasion.

Added by Andy Middleton on 24 March 2010.
The Hovercrafts in the station belong to hovercraft search and rescue u.k. who hope to become operational within the next 2 weeks, see the website-hsr-uk.

Added by Shane Roberts on 21 May 2010.
NWFRS website said that Flint Open Day is cancelled due to "Unforeseen Circumstances" this morning. Just for anyone wishing to attend to be aware.

Added by Gary Simpson on 21 May 2010.
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