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R148KGH LFB Volvo Rear View
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No: 28429   Contributor: Pete Sinclair   Year: 2011   Manufacturer: Volvo   Country: United Kingdom
R148KGH LFB Volvo Rear View

Apologies for the quality - taken on my mobile phone.

Rear view of R148 KGH London Fire Brigade Volvo FL6 Saxon Pump seen at a rather busy Borough Market, Southwark on Saturday 18th June 2011. The sign on the side was E352 Old Kent Road.

See picture #28428 also
Picture added on 24 June 2011 at 08:03
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Unusual four way collecting head. These were 750 IGPM pumps, so it does not say much for hydrant capacity in London's streets!

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 June 2011.
Just a standard LFB collecting head in use from the first Dodge Pumps in the early 80's through to these Volvo's and the MK1 Atego's.
All pumps now have three deliveries and a two way collecting head.
A far cry from six deliveries on the F101's, AEC Regents and certain Dennis F106's.

Added by Kyle on 26 June 2011.
Kyle: I think the pumps you mention had six deliveries because they had pump panels with intakes and three outlets on each side, so they could operate the pump without slipping the wheeled escape ladders they were all designed to carry back then.

So they seem to have almost always had the pump operator run the pump from whichever side control panel was convenient, with a three way collecting head and three deliveries. These pumps were rated at 850, 900 or 1, 000 IGPM, so they would all be only a bit higher capacity than the current ones.

I have seen London's older pumps in action - and in photos and videos - quite a few times, but I have never seen them being operated with deliveries being used from both sides, so I think it must have been a pretty rare thing to have happen....

Added by Rob Johnson on 24 October 2017.
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