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Rear view Dennis F44 P Merseyside VKD 956H
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No: 23803   Contributor: Petros   Year: 1974   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Rear view Dennis F44 P Merseyside VKD 956H

1974 just transferred from Liverpool FB as Merseyside is formed. From Mather Ave station. Note five inlet collecting head as discussed at picture #23513. This will be my last picture of VKD!

Ed.: see picture #23322 also for this appliance
Picture added on 24 June 2010 at 17:10
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These appliances were known as Foam Pumps. you can see the pickup tube, the pipe that is across the number plate. They also had a foam compound tank, it is above the pump contols.When used they would pump foam directley from the main fire pump.

Added by Dave Price on 25 June 2010.
Does or did Liverpool have an unusually feeble hydrant supply problem? Two or three way collectors were and still are the norm, and London used quad collectors for a while, but five ways are very rare!

Current Home Office regulations suggest a hydrant should be able to supply a minimum of 1500 LPM, so a Dennis No 3 900 GPM (4095 LPM) pump working flat out (which rarely happens!)should be able to live off two or three hydrants - and a single 70mm supply line will work unless the hydrant is more than 100 meters from the pump.

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 October 2016.
Many of the water mains in the warehouse areas of Liverpool were old , therefore other mains had to be sought or water drawn from the docks hence the number of inlets on the pumps . 900 and 1, 000 GPM pumps were the norm.

Added by Joe Mckenzie on 15 October 2016.
I was told by a pump operator pre 1974 that Liverpool pumps did not have primers and could not use dock water because of the pollution. At that time of course everything went overside.

Added by Neal Glover on 18 October 2016.

I guess this explains why there are no signs of any suction hoses on this appliance. Quite unusual!


Could this foam system enable the pumper to simultaneously pump water and foam through different outlets, or was it "all or nothing"?

Added by Rob Johnson on 12 August 2017.
The hydrant water supply on the dock estate was very good .The suction hose was carried in the lower locker .

Added by on 20 August 2017.
Yes correct the suction was carried in the long locker you can see under the other lockers. Another thing Liverpool had across parts of the City and one at the T.C was 6" suction Hydrants.

Added by Dave Price on 05 September 2017.
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