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KFB Dennis HP KKK252V
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No: 35248   Contributor: Chris Stone   Year: 1994   Manufacturers: Dennis, Simon   Country: United Kingdom
KFB Dennis HP KKK252V

Kent Fire Brigades 1980 Dennis F125/Dennis/Simon Snorkel SS263 HP KKK252V fleet No 194 of Medway Fire Station seen in the Yard at Thames-Side Fire Station in 1994.

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Picture added on 02 July 2013 at 09:54
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Are you sure it's an SS263? We had a 263 on a very similar chassis at Kidderminster and the booms over-hung the cab a lot more than this. Maybe this is an SS220?

Added by Mel Turbutt on 02 July 2013.
Was this low-profile cab used on any other types of appliances, such as TLs or pumps? Dennis history experts awake!

Added by Rob Johnson on 02 July 2013.
Have just checked the 1995 edition of "The Fire Brigade Handbook" which states its a SS263! However the 1996 edition states it's a SS220. And having looked at a rear end photo that I took the plate above the cage says it's a SS220. See fleet lists ar'nt always right!

Added by Chris Stone on 02 July 2013.
TL's yes Rob, but not pumps as far as I'm aware.

Added by Mel Turbutt on 02 July 2013.
Rob, see picture #1614, for a TL example. This type of Dennis is more commonly known as a Dennis Delta which refers to the special low line chassis which enables the ladder to be located as low as possible. The Perkins V8 engine is located well behind the front axle so that the area around the driver's and officer's seats is very open.

Added by Barry on 03 July 2013.
See you, ve got some great photos of KFB Chris, any of 70s, 80s Thanet area available?

Added by Roy Moore on 03 July 2013.

This engine placement was pioneered in the UK by ERF on the chassis they developed for the Snorkel.

But they in turn borrowed the idea from American La France, who introduced their 700 series pumpers in 1948 with this revolutionary engine and seating configuration...

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 March 2018.
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