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No: 38061   Contributor: Andy Fish   Year: 2014   Manufacturer: MAN   Country: United Kingdom
South Wales MAN TVAC WrL

The 2007 MAN LE14 280 TVAC bodied Water Tender Ladder in service with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service at Pontyclun retained (paid on call)station.
Picture added on 03 December 2014 at 11:45
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Ive just paid one of several visits I make to this site each day and found this photo in the random section.
Since I submitted this photo I've retired after just under 31 years as a firefighter. In addition to being a career Watch Commander I was also the paid on call Watch Commander at Pontyclun and rode as officer on this appliance numerous times. Talk about a blast from the past

Added by Andy Fiah on 13 September 2017.
Andy: Great photo.

Congratulations on your retirement - there is nothing so good!!!

This is a nice looking truck. How was it operationally? I noticed the horizontal ladder stowage. Did it have a European-style powered roof rack for the ladders and suctions? Another question: what is the red box-like item on the roof above the midships locker?

All the best,


Added by Rob Johnson on 14 September 2017.
Rob, it is a horrible truck, the ride is terrible and it's quite noisy for a modern commercial vehicle. I have to say that other than the larger MAN TGM's that were used as the base for the Incident Response Units over here I'm not a huge fan of MAN.
The body on this appliance was built by TVAC who are no longer in business. It is indeed a powered ladder gantry and they were a nightmare from day one. In fact most have been removed now, as is the case with the Pontyclun pump. It now carries a 10.5m ladder instead of the original 13.5M ladder having been converted quite recently. The suction is carried on a "Beam Gantry" that is manually operated.
Finally the red box is a light mast.

Added by Andy Fish on 14 September 2017.
Thanks Andy.

Amazing that the gantry was a problem. These were originally installed on pumpers in the Netherlands many years ago, and you would think they would have been "de-bugged" by now!

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 September 2017.
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