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No: 36033   Contributor: Andreas Hasselmann   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Opel   Country: Germany
Opel-"Blitz" LF-8-TS,Vol.FD,Ottenheim

In 1952 a conflaguration hit the small village Ottenheim at the river Rhine near the city of Lahr, Germany (state of Baden-Wuertemberg) 5 houses and 7 barns were wrecked after an arson set fire...there was a vol FB then but without a fire engine !, after this disaster this beautiful Opel "Blitz" 1.75 ton with bodywork by Metz, Karlsruhe was ordered an > LF 8-TS > fire engine with portable pump > 800 L /min...crew of 9, 68 HP,it served until 1987 when it went off the run being preserved by fire fighters at a local barn.
Picture added on 12 September 2013 at 08:00
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I forgot...note the American style siren on the fender...after the mid fifties only German style "martin" air powered klaxons were used or more commonly (cause cheaper) "Bosch" high-low elektro horns only slightly louder than the regular car horn..

Added by Andreas Hasselmann on 12 September 2013.
Andreas, with the thoroughbred of this unique fire engine and the enthusiasm of its wonderful crew so evident, congratulations to all involved!

Added by Pav on 12 September 2013.
thanks Pavel ! they especially dressed the crew in the antique fire fighters turn out gear + black helmet

Added by Andreas Hasselmann on 13 September 2013.
A thirty five year service life is not all that unusual for a village volunteer fire company pumper in Germany.

There are more than 22, 000 volunteer fire companies in Germany - one for every 4, 000 citizens. So its not difficult to see that in many cases their trucks do not get very busy all that often!

Added by Rob Johnson on 27 April 2017.
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