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Red/White Beacons on U.K. Appliances
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No: 26696   Contributor: Dr. B.A. Hutchinson   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Red/White Beacons on U.K. Appliances

There has been a recent discussion here on the use of multi-colour beacons on U.K. appliances. In this picture we see the Dennis Dominator Incident Command Unit with 3 conventional rotating mirror blue beacons and in the centre a rotating white red beacon. The beacon is divided into quadrants resulting in two white flashes and two red flashes per revolution. Rotation speed is slow compared with the blue beacons, perhaps 1 revolution every 3 seconds.

Barry.
Picture added on 31 January 2011 at 10:54
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I wonder what is the purpose of the stem light at the centre? I only saw it extended once in the 1997 on one of the Dennis fire appliances in my homewtown

Added by H.Afiq on 31 January 2011.
The stem light has floodlights underneath, to provide 360degree illumination.

Added by Davey G on 31 January 2011.
All UK 'Control Units' or vehicles used as Command Units should show a flashing red light when stationary and in use for their Command role. The red light is not intended for use whilst travelling. The vehicles should also be marked with red/white chequered areas to show that they are command vehicles.
The extending beacon with circular floodlight is for incident lighting. Originally used on Emergency Tenders, Control Units and Road Traffic Incident Vehicles, they have mostly been replaced by floodlights which are now seen on all kinds of first line fire appliances.

Added by Murray Beale on 31 January 2011.
However in Brunei especially in the 80s-90s nearly every appliances are fitted with floodlight including the Water Tender Ladder and Water Tanker

Added by H Afiq on 01 February 2011.
Glasgow Scooshers also had red/blue beacons fitted originally as can be seen from the front cover of the Fire Brigade Society publication on Scooshers, where WGA 714H has these fitted. Interestingly the same appliance is on this site with plain blue so they were changed. Liverpool Police Ford Transit accident units (modelled by Dinky Toys) also had multi coloured beacons in the early 1970s.

Added by Peter Williams on 02 February 2011.
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