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Brandweer Bergen op Zoom Dodge ladder
Fire Engine Photos
No: 27154   Contributor: Marcel Sloover   Year: 1988   Manufacturer: Dodge   Country: The Netherlands
Brandweer Bergen op Zoom Dodge ladder

Fire brigade : Bergen op Zoom
Call sign : A7
Chassis : Dodge T110L
Bodywork : Geesink (24 metre ladder)
License plate : PF-08-75
In service : 1948
Out of service : 1980
Spotted in the Hague
Picture added on 16 March 2011 at 02:18
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Was this built on a US Army WW II surplus chassis? It looks like a wartime Dodge -- no bright metal on the bumper.

Added by Michael Feldman on 16 March 2011.
Michael:

Its possible but a bit unlikely. Domestic American chassis were bought after WWII in large numbers to rebuild the Dutch fire service, which had been hollowed out during the occupation.

Fords were probably the most popular, but there were also a lot of Chevrolets, Internationals, GMCs and others too, as well as Dodges.

Although this chassis was indeed used by the military - not least the British North African "desert rats" - it was not an army chassis as such, and was used for fire appliances in several countries as well as in the Netherlands.

These included Belgium, Finland, Norway, Portugal and Australia as well as its native US.

The Geesink ladder was a local product, and most of this generation of fire trucks also had locally designed and built bodywork.

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 May 2018.
All the British Army CMP Dodges (Canadian Military Pattern) were right hand drive.

Added by CraigW on 19 May 2018.
US Army used left hand drive, of course. It is quite possible some found their way to the Netherlands, but I do think this is much more likely a postwar civilian chassis.

Added by Rob Johnson on 23 May 2018.
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