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Bomberos Voluntarios de San Pedro - Argentina
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No: 26561   Contributor: Eduardo Martínez   Year: 2010   Manufacturer: Scania   Country: Argentina
Bomberos Voluntarios de San Pedro - Argentina

San Pedro Volunteer Fire Department has this Scania/Emergency One since April 2010. I think was imported from the United Kingdom. The license plate on the rear is L722UGA.
Picture added on 21 January 2011 at 01:34
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Hmmm -- it seems to be left-hand drive. Would they have gone to the expense of converting it from RHD? Could it have come from Scandinavia or some other country with LHD? Odd though, that the license plate seems to be British.

Added by Michael Feldman on 21 January 2011.
No,

It is ex Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (Scotland) Belleshill and Lesmahagow being two stations it served at - Argentina import a considerable number of ex uk appliances - mainly Volvo but some Scania

Added by Rick Loudon on 21 January 2011.
Do they rebuild all those imports to have LHD?

Added by Mike Feldman on 21 January 2011.
Yes I think so Mike - its not such a big job bearing in mind the manufacturers such as Volvo and Scania build more LHD vehicles than RHD - the parts are available and the cab has the 'pressed out' areas for the conversion already built in

Added by Rick Loudon on 21 January 2011.
These are sold to a local scania deeler converted to LHD and are exported.

Added by Steve Bonner on 21 January 2011.
Mike - most of the European countries - if not all - of which are LHD will convert the ex UK appliances to LHD. A machinery website I'm often on has alot of ex UK machines in European countries ex turning up converted to LHD.

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 22 January 2011.
Not the case with this one Steve it was sold to Argentina through a dealer near Doncaster and went RHD and was converted over there !

Added by Rick Loudon on 22 January 2011.
As I comment in another photos of fire appliances imported to my country from UK, the conversion to LHD is made here, in the shops of the importer. The job is not too much difficult in vehicles like Volvo or Scania, exactly like Rick said, but is not the same thing with Dennis, that´s why these ones are not imported in a large number.

Added by Eduardo Martinez on 23 January 2011.
Another reason British trucks of Swedish and German origin are popular in many south American and central European countries is that UK fire services often dispose of them after only 12 to 15 years, while German and Scandinavian fire services usually keep them in service quite a lot longer. It is not unusual to see 30 year old trucks still in service, particularly in volunteer stations with low call volumes.

Added by Rob Johnson on 08 February 2013.
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