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A24 AT NIGHT
Fire Engine Photos
No: 32624   Contributor: Barry Reid   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: United Kingdom
A24 AT NIGHT

Shot of A24 Soho at night with doors open.
A241 and A242 showing with A245 hiding behind the end door. They were running a reserve pump ladder and looks like the pump had been replaced with a mark 2 merc.

Picture taken 17th July 2012.
Picture added on 24 July 2012 at 19:07
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Now that's unusual...the Pump Ladder is a reserve, the ALP is a reserve, and the Pump is a Mark 2 version (I believe there is a Mark 2 in the reserve fleet?). All reserves?

Added by David Jones on 24 July 2012.
And wonderful to see a UK fire station with the bay doors open, especially at night. I so wish I could do this at my station. The public need to know that we are there and ready to respond 24 hours a day.

Added by Andy Fish on 24 July 2012.
Ah I suspect an ulterior motive!!!!!!!!! The number of females walking past there at night !!!!!

Added by Barrie Green on 24 July 2012.
Gone are the days when you could wander down to the station in the town centre on a Saturday morning and have a look at the fire engines whilst the are being cleaned...we now have 'Community' Fire Stations ironically remote from their communities either by their remote geographical locations and or high levels of security that make them unapproachable...or so it seems to me....

Added by Martin A. Routledge on 24 July 2012.
I have fond memories of that very same Saturday excursion when a lad, and I knew every detail of every fire engine at the old Borough Road station in Darlington.
Now, its even harder in many parts of Europe, where the "appliance room" is often at the rear and/or on the side(s)of a courtyard, which is usually gated and sometimes even guarded, as in Paris. Jordan is even worse; the stations outside of Amman are all in the middle of nowhere, because they each cover several towns, have high walls and permanently closed gates. The most open and friendly fire stations are probably here in the US, where the doors are open most of the time when the weather is nice, even late in to the evening. It is also a great opportunity for the general public to thank the firefighters for what they do, and you often see people doing exactly that.

Added by Rob Johnson on 25 July 2012.
I thought it was just me that had noticed that. I thought fire station were always for the community. Merseyside prefix every mention of a station with community. Just because a station has a meeting room available for meetings doesn't change anything.
Some stations in some areas do have a security problem eg the telly being knicked whilst on shouts but they are the minority.

Added by Neal Glover on 25 July 2012.
Some cities in the US have a SOP, with a police cruiser automatically securing empty stations in high crime areas. In a few cases, the police even stay on the premises, unless they too get a call. Perhaps it is because the coffee is sometimes still fresh (and free!)

Added by Rob Johnson on 26 July 2012.
The reg numbers of the appliances that night were: A241 - RV52 PGZ (DPL1111LG) and A242 - AE07 HWR (DPL1274). The ALP reg I never got but it was ALP 13.
If anybody could shed light on the status of these vehicles would be intresting.

Added by Barry Reid on 30 July 2012.
I thought Soho was designated as station G45 of Western Command, and hasn't been known as A24 for years. Did London stations change or have they kept their original numbers? Or are you just being sentimental, Barry?

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 07 August 2012.
When London changed from its divisions to the 3 commands the stations were indeed given new numbers but the old station number prefix was kept all over London, just to confuse things!
Sentimental, me! Of course will always be A24 to me. A lot of history there.

Added by Barry Reid on 08 August 2012.
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