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Calais Renault WrT 8373YQ62
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No: 35792   Contributor: Chris Stone   Year: 2013   Manufacturers: Renault, Sides   Country: France
Calais Renault WrT 8373YQ62

A "Service Departemental D'Incendie et de Secours du pas de Calais" Renault Midlum 24CE/Sides Water Tender(?) 8373YQ62 running as FPT 1 seen in Calais on 21/08/2013. I'm not to sure of French designation's so any help is appritiated, my French is non-exsistent.
Picture added on 24 August 2013 at 11:14
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Chris, FPT is Fourgon Pompe Tonne (Vehicle Pump Tank) and the nearest UK designation is WrT

Added by Tony Morris on 08 September 2013.
For some time now, French fire services have almost all been organized by department. They were previously municipal. A department is more or less the same as a BritiSh county. The SDIS acronym translates into "County Fire and Ambulance Service".

The "Pas de Calais" is one such department, centered around Calais town. All of these SDIS operate both fire trucks and ambulances, and are staffed by both full-time and volunteer personnel. They provide cover in all major cities except Greater Paris and Marseille. For historical reasons, these are protected by a brigade of the French army and a batallion of the French Marine Corps, respectively. They also provide ambulance service, and Paris has a fleet of over 100 unique combination light pumpers and ambulances included among its unita. Various generations of these - designated PS - can be seen on this site.

All SDIS have to follow standard specifications, for their vehicles, although they are free to decide on the brands they buy, and a few of them are fond of imported trucks and ambulances. The two military fire services tend to have more idiosyncratic specifications, arguably more tailored to what they consider to be local needs.

The standard French FPT, as illustrated here, is most often a locally built Renault, with body by one of three major French fire engine specialists. (This example was built by Sides.) It has a 3000 liter water tank, a pump delivering 2000 LPM at 15 AT (220 PSI) a single rear mounted 23mm hose reel, a six-person cab and two hose carts hung on the rear, each holding ten 60 meter lengths of 65 or 70mm hose.

Ground ladders vary locally, but may include up to a 15 meter three-section extension and usually include a hook ladder - which are still used daily in France. All have class B foam and a few of the newer units have CAFS. Hydraulic rescue equipment is only recently being added, in some departments, and most SDIS still rely on specialized rescue units to furnish this type of equipment.

In most SDIS, an urban structure fire is attended by two pumpers, an aerial ladder or platform, an emergency ambulance and a command car, with a total of around sixteen personnel.

Although this type of FPT is the most common urban pumper in France, with over 4, 000 in operation, the national fleet is dominated by an even larger fleet of Renault, MAN, IVECO and Unimog off-road 4X4 and 6X6 pump tankers, designed to combat fires in the country's extensive forests, hills and scrubland. These are to found even in large city fire stations, where they may be needed to protect outlying residential areas.

Added by Rob Johnson on 13 August 2014.
A CORRECTION. The hosecarts each contain ten 20 meter lengths of hose, not 60!

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 August 2014.
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