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Fire Engine Photos
RLG 226H at Bebington
This picture was taken at Bebington Fire Station in July 1970 immediately after "RLG" first went on the run after several weeks of driver training. She was a Dennis F45 with the no.3 900gpm pump, 400 gallon water tank and a Coventry Climax/Godiva featherweight pump, making her a water tender escape (WrE). She had the Rolls Royce B81 petrol engine and the Dennis UH close ratio 5 speed gearbox (no synchromesh). Performance was spectacular but the clutch couldn't take the engine torque and was constantly needing replacement. I'll never know why Cheshire refused to buy the automatic gearbox everyone else was using but could waste a fortune having the bell mounted on the front bumper instead of the roof! She also carried a 50 gallon foam compound tank and in-line proportioner so foam could be delivered straight from the pump (in theory) without having to set up any external equipment. As far as I know this system was never used in anger and whenever we tried to use it for drill it was always fouled up with foam compound sludge and could not be persuaded to work.
Picture added on 12 October 2010 at 17:56