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Dennis F45 1970 Heavy Pumper - Western Australia
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No: 4316   Contributor: Pavel Zaremba   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: Australia
Dennis F45 1970 Heavy Pumper - Western Australia

Western Australia Fire Brigades Dennis F45 1970 heavy pumper, registered no. UHZ.698, Chassis No. 111F45B, Engine No. 381W8, originally "Motor 155."
Fully restored by members of the WA Fire Brigades Historical Museum and pictured here following routine inspection and service at the Forrestfield Workshops in Perth. This is one beautiful machine!
John Draysey picture 4308, sorry mate, a year after yours but eat your heart out anyhow,,,,
Picture added on 23 October 2007
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Very nice, although not so sure about those audible warnings though and sadly pink is just not my colour ;-)

Joking aside, a preserved Dennis is a great thing and it looks like the team did an excellent job on the restoration, good to see the detail in the Rolls Royce badge in situ.

Perhaps a rear view would explain the locker lay out and why the far locker stops short at the rear wheel arch. Was this perhaps originally a pump escape?

Interesting: chrome surround on the OIC´s door, chrome steps at the rear of the crew cab door and the indicator/driving light high mounted in front of it.

Apart from the manual handling issues that arise from the alternative locations, always seemed to make sense to not mount first aid hose reels in locker space that could otherwise be better utilised.


Added by Johnd4296 on 24 October 2007.
John, you've set me some home work I see. Okay, I'll take up the challenge, will be at the Brigade Museum Workshops this Monday and see what I can come up with in regard to your queries. The pink is my fault mate, it actually does have a superb 'fire engine' deep red finish, may have to invest in a better quality camera one day, , , ,

Added by Pavel Zaremba, Western Australia on 25 October 2007.
I've checked the database on this one. It wasn't originally a PE, and in fact the Dennis records state it to have been constructed as a water tender.

Added by Ian Moore on 26 October 2007.
John, I tend to agree with you re the siren/speaker horns, the lads who crewed this appliance at the Port of Fremantle inform me it was delivered with them and the quite large rotating beacons. I would have thought both were post 1970? I will post a photo of the rear view, both near and off-side were fitted with flake hose lockers. Ian is correct, it was never a pump escape. The chrome front door window surrounds are in fact aluminium installed by the brigade workshops, there are sliding windows now, would they have been wound up/down originally? The chrome steps pull out and provide access to the roof area, once again installed by the workshops, I presume either at Belmont or O'Connor. The Fremantle lads tell me they use to climb onto the roof to assist in housing the 35' Ajax extension ladder. Whatever reason, the workmanship is superb! The orange side light at that time were installed in compliance with the Vehicle Standards Regs, now they tend to to be front and atop the cab area. The appliance was fitted with only the one electric wind hose reel so you can imagine getting to work on the off-side must have been a lot of fun! Perhaps some of the locals may like to comment further, , , ,

Added by Pavel Zaremba on 31 October 2007.
Many thanks for your in depth research.
From having seen the rear view, can only reiterate my previous comment. The team did a fantastic job on the restoration.
Mind you they had a very good base in that Dennis craftsmanship. Those rear hose lockers complete with roller shutters are very neat.
Agreed, the workshops amendments are complimentary and in keeping (the OIC´s window surround is reminiscent of that seen on the early R-Series).
One hose reel - well the crews couldn´t have it all. At least they didn´t have to manually wind it (am assuming the automation is also a later addition).

Added by John Draysey on 01 November 2007.
The absence of rear side lockers is presumably because this unit had rear-access shelving for flaked hoses either side of the pump bay, which is a commonplace Australian practice half way between UK and US hose stowage styles.

Added by Rob Johnson on 11 September 2013.
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