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Bedford TK BFU 502B
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No: 40363   Contributor:   Year: 2017   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
Bedford TK BFU 502B

Ex-Horncastle. Dual purpose appliance with escape by Merryweather, 400 gallon water tank, 500 G.P.M. 50ft escape based on Bedford KEZ3 6 ton forward controlchassis with HCB-ANGUS closed cicuit heat exchange system. Althogh there is no insignia or crest this is the pump supplied to Horncastle but this brochure was printed four years after the pump was supplied.
Picture added on 17 January 2017 at 11:49
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1962 delivery date suggests this was probably one of the first full pump water-tender escape combinations in the UK - or can someone come up with an earlier one?

Added by Rob Johnson on 26 January 2017.
Blackburn had a Dennis F15 WrE in the 1950s, I don't know the exact date.

Added by Neal Glover on 27 January 2017.
1951. EJR369 Commer/Miles water tender escape for Northumberland County Fire Brigade. This was the first 400 gallons pump escape.

Added by Ronald Henderson on 28 January 2017.
Ron - very interesting!

But there seem to have been relatively few WTEs placed in to service in the 1950s and even the 1960s.

I am a bit surprised that it took another twenty years for this idea to really catch on. Both city and county brigades seem to have followed the JCDD specifications for separate types of appliances rather closely, rather than looking seriously at a combination solution.

I know that Middlesborough, for example, retrofitted their F7 and F12 pump escape appliances with 250 gallon and 200 gallon tanks, but these were of course sub water-tender capacities, and some other brigades may have had similar ideas.

Added by Rob Johnson on 19 February 2017.
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