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Pyongyang, North Korea
Fire Engine Photos
No: 39632   Contributor: Jonathan Wade   Year: 2015   Country: North Korea
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang, North Korea, unidentified fire appliance passing Kwangmyŏng (Golden Fields) metro station. Photo taken 25th October 2015
Picture added on 10 December 2015 at 11:55
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Looks like an Kamaz Truck with Rosenbauer Bodywork

Added by Ingo on 13 December 2015.
Yes, certainly is one. Most likely donated from Russia from their Humanitarian Aid programme.

Added by Martin Siegel on 15 December 2015.
see pic #37489 as well; possibly from the same batch? Didn't realise Rosenbauer worked on Kamaz vehicles!

Added by on 17 December 2015.
There is A Russia based joint-venture that mainly builds on Kamaz, mostly for the inland market there. They use components from Rosenbauer Austria both for the bodywork and the fire fighting equipment.

Added by Martin Siegel on 18 December 2015.
Sorry I couldn't get any photo of the front. The machine appeared fairly suddenly and our guides / minders weren't over keen on me wanting to chase it and take any more.

Added by Jonathan Wade on 19 December 2015.
Be happy that they let you make a photo anyway, Jonathan. In pic #33102 you can sse a front view.

Added by Martin Siegel on 22 December 2015.
I believe these were part of a batch of fifty machines gifted to Pyongyang, if you have a look on youtube you will see the handover ceremony, one of the clips states that Russia wrote off North Koreas debt to the old Soviet Union in order to build a gas pipeline through the north to the south, these machines must have been a godsend, i take it that the north would be using older Chinese and Soviet era machines.

Added by Brandweer 112 on 22 December 2015.
I haven't heard about old Chinese fire engines, but here's an incomplete list of fire engines I've previously spotted in North Korea:
Zil-130 (two-axle, АЦ-40)
ZiL-131 (three-axle, off-road АЦ-40)
ZiL-4331 (general-purpose fire engine, relatively modern)
ZiL-4334 (custom-made vehicle with a water cannon)
New MB-based Rosenbauer aerial ladders
Old Isuzu aerial ladderds
Not-very-modern MB-based Rosenbauer
Some three-axle KAMAZ that usually hangs around in Sunan International Airport

Added by Z. Kimiyong on 22 January 2017.
The Kamaz were being sold in some Middle East markets when I worked in Kuwait, and had a very poor reputation. In contrast, the older ZILs were rather primitive but apparently very tough and reliable - and I have heard similar comments about both of the same types of chassis used side by side in Cuba.

Added by Rob Johnson on 29 September 2018.
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