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Varley Commander
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No: 267   Contributor: Ron Hozack   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Varley   Country: Australia
Varley Commander

Pumper 3 from The Rocks (in Sydney Australia) photo taken during training. The pumper is a Varley Commander 4 door. It is custom built and normally powered by a Cummins 300 hp Diesel engine. These trucks are used extensively in major city locations.
Picture added on 16 October 2005
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This a fire truck type you do not find here in Europe.
But it's a very nice looking truck. Hopefully you'll put more pictures of Australian trucks on this site. I like them :-)

Added by Marcel Sloover on 16 October 2005.
for review of current NSW fire Brigade appliance see NSWFB

Added by Mark White on 01 January 2006.
Replying to Marcel Sloover; this is an aussie truck built for tough conditions unlike euro fire appliances

Added by SO on 22 May 2006.
Nice picture. I have seen alot of these on various websites, but there is never any mention of pump capacity, tank size,
hose carried. Would you be able to tell me the preceding?

Added by David Lampp on 11 June 2006.
Hey, I appreciate that. I used to take photos at wetdowns and
parades in New Jersey, USA 30 years ago. I always included
pump, tank, hose loads and misc. equipment information with
my pictures. If you don't mind, what hose does this truck carry? And again, thanks!

Added by David Lampp on 12 June 2006.
The details below are for the pumper picture however the NSWFB has a further 89 with different small pump configurations.

The gold stripe class the one picture as a higher capacity pump.

Hope this helps.

NSWFB Pumper Class 5 (Varley Commander)

Chassis Make & Model: VSV Commander Mk2
Body Manufacturer: Varley Specialised Vehicles Ltd.
Commissioned: 2000 - 2004 (16 Vehicles)
Crew Capacity: 6
Gross Operating Mass: 14.15 tonne
Dimensions: 7.87m (L), 3.05m (H), 2.50m (W)
Wheelbase: 4.05m
Turning Circle: 14.6m (k/k), 16.1m (w/w)

Axle Loads: Front: 4640kg Rear: 5360kg (tare)
Axle Ratings: Front: 6600kg Rear: 18100kg
Engine: Cummins ISC275, 8.3 litre (205kW)
Maximum Torque: 1085Nm @ 1200-1500rpm
Transmission: ZF Ecomat HP500, 5 speed automatic

Pump Model: Godiva GMB5300
Pump Capacity: 5300l/min @ 1000kPa (high volume)
400l/min @ 4000kPa (high pressure)
Water Capacity: 2000l
Foam Capacity: 200l (class B), 40l (class A)

Added by Mark on 12 June 2006.
Nice shot, I also do ALOT of photography of NSWFB Trucks, Pics can be found at I also have more pics of this actual pumper here (Also doing training but this time at their station):
Just out of interest what training did you take this pic at??

Added by Angus James on 12 October 2006.
Definitely a distinctive truck - refreshing change from the ones cranked out en masse, from the Big Manufacturers, these days.
Always interested in the Aussie machines - where you have to cope with great distances, and limited water availability.

Added by Pat_R-B on 01 April 2008.
Hey Guys Im trying to find either a Varley or Auspak fire truck to buy but have not found many. any ideas?

Added by Heath on 30 September 2008.
The pumper is now in service at 434 Stn Hamlyn Terrace after a major rebuild and new paintwork

Added by Guy Ellis on 28 June 2010.
Heath, These are yet to be retired and are still in active service so you likely wont find out to buy yet. There is no such think as an Auspak so i assume you mean Austral Firepac, these are all still in service too. There is rumours the NSWFB will be scrapping the rear bodies of all retiring appliances and selling only the cabs due to cost and possible safety fears if an old appliance gets in the wrong hands. If you want one not in bits i would suggest contacting the NSWFB Workshops and discussing with them when they are closer to retirement.

Added by Angus on 28 June 2010.
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