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Matre Scania L81S42 pumper
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No: 36237   Contributor: Martien Dral   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Scania   Country: Norway
Matre Scania L81S42 pumper

Scania L81S42 pumper, built in 1979, pictured as it was still in service at Matre fire station in Masfjorden, Norway, on September 8th, 2013.
It has a Rosenbauer R-240 front pump and a 3,000 litre watertank.
Thanks to Thor and Bjarte for inviting my wife and me to Matre fire station and showing their Scania.

Former pumper of Sola Airport in south-west Norway.
Picture added on 07 October 2013 at 08:53
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Nice looking truck. As an American, I am surprised at the lack of identification on some of the European apparatus. This side of the pond department ID and unit numbers are very visible, not always so in Europe. Is there a reason for that?

Added by Jerry Morrison on 07 October 2013.
In Europe, each country has its own rules (or lack of rules!) how to identify its emergency engines.
In Norway, fire engines are painted red (RAL 3000) or yellow (RAL 1016), with blue flashing lights.
This Scania is very unusual in that it has no markings at all for "fire engine", its fire brigade or its fire station. Well, the village of Matre has only some 100 inhabitants.
Quite common for elderly fire engines in Norway, it has its license number (RJ6198) only at its back side.

Added by Martien Dral on 08 October 2013.
Thank you for that information Martin. With only 100 residents the village of Matre is very fortunate to even have a fire truck, marked or unmarked.

Added by Jerry Morrison on 09 October 2013.
These Scanias with front mounted pumps were everywhere in Sweden, Norway and Denmark in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, along with much smaller numbers of Volvos, Ford D series, Mercedes, Magirus and American International Harvester trucks - almost all of which shared the same front-mounted pump configuration.

As was common in Germany and other countries, these were often placed into service with volunteer fire companies after they had completed their first duty cycle with a full-time fire service - often around ten to fifteen years.

As a result, many of this generation have seen total service lives of thirty to forty years or - like this example - even longer.

As in many other countries, large remotely populated areas can only afford effective fire protection with a combination of unpaid volunteers and used trucks...

Added by Rob Johnson on 28 May 2017.
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