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Fire truck in Barreiro, Portugal.
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No: 5187   Contributor: Neil McCarten   Year: 1986   Manufacturer: Ford   Country: Portugal
Fire truck in Barreiro, Portugal.

Fire truck (HC-22-70) in Barreiro, Portugal. Not sure what 'B.V. Sul E Sueste' means.
Picture added on 23 December 2007
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Hi Neil,

Nice to see all your Cuba and Portugese photos.
B.V. means Bombeiros Voluntarios or in English volunteer fire brigade.
Sul E Sueste = South & Southeast

Added by Fire995 on 25 December 2007.
B.v.sul e sueste means, voluntary fire department for the southern and east southern regions.

Added by Luiz Varela on 12 February 2008.
One further clarification: BV Sul e Sueste is one of the two volunteer Departments/Brigades existing in the town of Barreiro, currently a residential suburb of Lisbon. As Barreiro used to be a busy industrial hub it was also a key knot in the Portuguese railway system, connecting Lisbon area to the Southern and Estern regions of Portugal.
BV Sul e Sueste was founded by railway workers (and was also supported by the State Railway Company, the Fire Station being located in the immediate vicinity of the main railway repair shops, probably in one vacant building). The founding members named the Departmemnt/Brigade after the railway sub-system they worked for: Sul e Sueste. The crest of this Vol. Fire Department/Brigade (visible in their flag, in the helemts and in the vehicles doors) shows a beutiful steam locomotive "art deco style".

Added by J.L. on 06 April 2009.
Looks like a German Ford

Added by Roger Greenaway on 10 December 2010.

A Ford, but depending on its age, late forties to early fifties, it could have been US built.

Portuguese fire companies bought quite a lot of American chassis at this time, including Chevrolet, Dodge, GMC and International as well as Fords.

The reason was that US factories, which had been supplying the war effort, needed the sales - and their export prices were very competitive. Most European truck brands were suffering from a combination of retooling and recovering from war damage, and had huge domestic market demand, which meant they were often just not interested in exporting.

From the end of WWII to the late 1950s, or even later, these US firms sold a very large number of chassis to fire engine builders in European countries with limited domestic truck production - including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and even Sweden, as well as to both Australia and New Zealand.

Added by Rob Johnson on 30 May 2018.
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