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LFB Mercedes MKIII
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No: 40914   Contributor: Chris Stone   Year: 2018   Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz   Country: United Kingdom
LFB Mercedes MKIII

London Fire Brigade G34 Chelsea's Mercedes-Benz Atego/Emergency One Pump Ladder seen in H22 Lambeth's yard on 24/04/2018
Picture added on 03 May 2018 at 09:35
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To my mind, this is a really clumsy-looking crew cab, and the step arrangement is quite prehistoric.
Even the HCB Angus crew cabs on the D series Fords we sold half a century ago in 1967 had enclosed steps!

It certainly does not rival the cabs which have been available on Atego chassis for many years from such companies as Rosenbauer, Ziegler and Lentner - not to mention many other French, Scandinavian and central European firms.

I have to wonder if it was all a question of cost; although this may not have actually been a bargain basement effort, it certainly has succeeded in looking like one!

Added by Rob Johnson on 03 May 2018.
I agree, Rob; they really do stink of a dreadful, cheap looking make-do, cost-cutting offering. Yet the LFB's "powers-that-be" claim they offer an unrivalled spacious interior for the crew, amongst much other propagandist waffle. Talking of rubbish, they definitely have a bin wagon look about them.

Added by Yelp Bullhorn on 12 May 2018.
Living in America, I have learned to call bin wagons "garbage trucks".

As it turns out, in this case the expression seems to be quite fitting...

As for the specious spaciousness argument, several of the German fire truck builders have fitted nine seat cabs on Atego pumpers, which are much better designed and engineered than these messy cereal boxes. There are loads of examples of them in this site...

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 May 2018.
Not to mention BSPP's Desautel FPT pumpers, which look really elegant and carry an eight member crew!

Added by Rob Johnson on 17 May 2018.
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