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Mercedes Benz 408/Lohr HN CZ 353H
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No: 40259   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2016   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: United Kingdom
Mercedes Benz 408/Lohr HN CZ 353H

4th November 2016 Sidney Rd Forest Gate London E7, an unlikely turn up for the books on a very wet afternoon. Appears to be converted to a mobile home labelled "Homs Art Haus". This berlin based art project appears to be touring Britain. Registration plate has Feuerwehrfahrzeuge Lohr, which is located half way between Munich and Stuttgart.
Picture added on 08 November 2016 at 12:12
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An elderly LF8. Note the former driveshaft opening under the grille for the previously installed front mounted 800 LPM pump. These were almost universal among small town German volunteer fire departments. A practical and inexpensive way of providing fire cover in a country where every small town or village has its own fire station.

Added by Rob Johnson on 08 November 2016.
see picture #34519 and picture #35563 as possible examples of MB LF8s.

Added by Peter Williams on 09 November 2016.
Just to help quantify how popular these were in their day, Germany does actually have over 22, 300 volunteer fire companies (as well as 99 full time departments), so these LF8s were produced in really large numbers.

With some of these only attending seven or eight alarms a year, there were a lot of low mileage examples available when they were eventually replaced, some after as long as forty years!

Added by Rob Johnson on 10 November 2016.
Lohr has a population of 16, 000 people, has 280 volunteers including social members and youth fire service members and operates eleven fire and rescue units. These include three rescue trucks, an aerial ladder tower, a brush truck, a tanker, a personnel carrier and three pump water tenders.

So far this year they have dealt with seventeen fires.

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 November 2016.
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