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MAN/E One 4x4 WrT Norfolk WR62DWL
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No: 37501   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2014   Manufacturer: MAN   Country: United Kingdom
MAN/E One 4x4 WrT Norfolk WR62DWL

July 2014 Sheringham FS. Norfolk bought these 4x4 pumps to aid in flooded areas as the North Norfolk coast is vulnerable to storm surges as happened December 2013.
Picture added on 06 August 2014 at 16:48
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As mentioned before, there seems to be a gradual trend in the UK to introduce more 4X4 rescue pumps and water tenders, compared to earlier years when 4X4 units were very few and far between. (Except of course, for the 1800 or so Home Office and AFS EPs on Bedford RL chassis.)

Added by Rob Johnson on 07 August 2014.
4x4 with very narrow wheelbase and very very high cab , totally unsuitable for a fire appliance I would have thought , it cant possibly be hurried down a twisty road or street as the handling just has to be comprimised and the crew need to very agile also , surely there are other wider tracked and slightly lower chassis that would be safer and quicker.

Added by A M ramsay on 08 August 2014.
This chassis has been used extensively by small town volunteer fire companies for many, many years in Germany without any major incidents, as have similar Mercedes and IVECO designs.

The units which are really tricky to drive fast on winding roads are the MAN off-road forest fire pump-tankers used in France, and the similarly configured Unimogs and IVECOs.

The German conventional 4X4 appliances are designed with a low-profilemidships water tank to lower the center of gravity, and all heavy items are in the low step lockers for the same reason, with very light roof loads including only a few ladders. Hopefully, British bodybuilders are following the same principles on their 4X4 bodywork!

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 August 2014.
Can these drive and pump at the same time, or does the pump depend upon the engine to power it?
Australian rural 4x4 tankers are similar high, but with low CoG and drive well. The pump can be run at the same time as the motor.

Added by Mark on 12 February 2018.
Mark - most of these are primarily intended for structure fire response, and do not have a "pump and roll" capability.

But in some areas of Europe, similar designs are bought to be capable of both structural and brush fire fighting, and are built to be able to pump while on the move. These also employ the road engine to run the pump, at the same time as providing a crawler gear to move the 4X4 vehicle at slow speed. Fast "pump and roll" configurations, such as airport crash trucks, have a separate pump engine.

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 February 2018.
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