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Dennis F7 PE East Ham FB
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No: 40852   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2018   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: United Kingdom
Dennis F7 PE East Ham FB

1949 appliance taken in front of the old 1914 East Ham fire station High Street South, London E6. The building survives. After it closed in the 60s it was converted to council offices, together with the firemen's accommodation just round the corner in Nelson Street. In the last three years both buildings have been converted to residential by a council owned company, Red Door ventures that provides market rent accommodation.
Note the odd roof sign on this F7.
Photo courtesy Newham Archives.
Picture added on 14 February 2018 at 10:04
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Does anyone know when the F7 was discontinued? It seems there were many more F12s sold, presumably because the shorter wheelbase made it a bit more maneuverable...

Added by Rob Johnson on 19 February 2018.
This is an F7 and a very early one with the roof box on top rather than the built in roof box window with twin amber flashers seen on most production F7 & F12's

Added by Brett Clayton on 21 February 2018.
The production of the F7 started in May 1949 with the East Ham machine DMH 727 (being the 1st may explain the roof box you mentioned Brett) and the main production run was completed in DEC 1950 The first F12 was completed in DEC 1950 so it would seem that they actually replaced the F7 with the F12

Added by Barrie Green on 06 March 2018.
Barry, I am sure you are accurate, I am an ex Dennis apprentice, I remember my apprentice masters telling me exactely what you have stated.

Added by Robert Brann on 07 April 2018.
The original F7 was a dramatic advance on anything which had come before ii in Britain during the 1930s or 40s.

The forward control cab made for a much more spacious body and a roomy crew cab with bulkhead storage, the Rolls Royce B80 engine gave it tremendous performance characteristics, the No 3 pump was among the most powerful available, and the midships position made it easy to operate with the ladders in place, while the rear body design accommodated a 100 gallon tank, a large equipment load including 1500 feet of delivery hose and twin hose reels.

I don't know if other brigades modified any of their F7s, but Middlesborough upgraded theirs with a 250 gallon water tank to increase its ability to work autonomously without (or before) setting in to a hydrant...

Added by Rob Johnson on 12 April 2018.
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