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1938 Hobart Ford Hose Carriage/ Escape
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No: 24757   Contributor: David Oke   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Ford   Country: Australia
1938 Hobart Ford Hose Carriage/ Escape

I took this photo at the Tasmanian Fire Service Museum in Hobart in 2009. This is a Ford V8 and coachwork was built by Cramp Bros. Bodyworks, Hobart. It entered service in 1939 and was decommissioned in 1969. The ladder is a Morris 'Ajax'. (50 feet) Various hoses, extinguishers and hose fittings were also carried. The vehicle was restored by the Tasmanian Fire Museum in time for the centenary of the Hobart Fire Brigade in 1983.
Picture added on 19 August 2010 at 16:45
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One of several locally bodied Australian fire appliances which were built on US made imported chassis of various makes to carry the uniquely British fifty foot (15 meter) wheeled "escape" ladders. These were mainly placed into service in the 1920s through the 1950s. There were also numerous pumpers as well as special purpose units.

Just as in Britain, some of these were purely escape carriers, as is this example, but still others had water tanks and hose reel systems and/or built in pumps. The bodywork was often a hybrid design, incorporating features of both UK and US practices...

US chassis remained popular for many years, serving alongside British brands, then gradually faded - apart from International - until the eventual takeover by Swedish and Japanese trucks.

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