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Dennis F24A PL City of Chester  981 DMA
Fire Engine Photos
No: 23812   Contributor: Petros   Year: 1975   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Dennis F24A PL City of Chester 981 DMA

1975 just after the amalgamation with Cheshire. Looks like Merryweather gutbuster ladder. Compare with picture #23499 with alloy sides for rural use.
Picture added on 25 June 2010 at 07:32
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Although seen here at Chester fire station this was new to Cheshire County Fire Brigade. Chester's Dennis F28 was very similar.

Added by Dusty on 25 June 2010.
1818 FM I believe. Does anyone know what happened to the Chester F8 VFM 777? I photographed it inside Wellington Fire Station in July 1988

Added by Andy Middleton on 25 June 2010.
Hi Andy, I don't have VFM 777 on my list but I do have VFM 77. Could it be the same machine?
'Fire Cover' from Summer 1987 says that it is a Fire service National Museum appliance being restored by Shropshire. I'm sorry don't know what has happened in the following 23 years.

Added by Chris Wood on 04 July 2010.
Same vehicle Chris, thanks. Trying to remember copious amounts of registration plates without checking is a problem of mine. Thanks again

Added by Andrew Middleton on 04 July 2010.
981 DMA was allocated to Runcorn fire station in 1961 replacing a wartime Bedford QL WrT GYR 738. 981 DMA ran alongside Commer QX/Jennings WrT NMB 630 untill 1973 when Dennis F49/Dennis WrL PMA209L arrived. Dennis F38/Dennis WrT TTU 63D replaced Commer QX/Jennings NMB 630.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 04 July 2010.
Hi Petros:

I remember seeing an F 24 demonstrator at Darlington fire station which was quite unusual.

One side was painted red with hinged doors and slam lockers exactly like this example.

But the other side was unpainted aluminium, with a bi-fold door and roller shutters!

It also had both bells and a siren.

Does anyone know what eventually happened to this oddball appliance?

Added by Rob Johnson on 15 April 2017.
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