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austral fire-pac mk2
Fire Engine Photos
No: 34990   Contributor: Alan Ramsay   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Austral Specialised Vehicles   Country: Australia
austral fire-pac mk2

these only had 2 doors , 1 for the driver and the crew of 5 had to use the other , short production run , only used in australia as far as i can tell
Picture added on 09 June 2013 at 14:22
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Austral also built these with four door cabs. The two-door configuration tended to slow down crew access and egress ro and from the cab, and did not offer any advantages. Quite a lot of UK fire trucks in the 1950s and 1960s also had two door cabs, aome with sliding or bi-fold "bus" doors, but these also died out. The only other country to favor two-door crew cabs at that time was Finnland - but I have no idea why!

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 April 2014.
Austral never built these with 4 doors , it went under in 1999 and varley took over its production the following year with the commander which is basically a 4 door firepac but with engine and transmission options , I posted a full account on here No: 5550

Added by Alan on 21 April 2014.
The four door Varley certainly quacked like the two door Austral duck! I wonder if they might have survived if the original had been a four door?

Added by Rob Johnson on 22 April 2014.
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