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East Sussex Hove Volvo Fire Appliance
Fire Engine Photos
No: 5750   Contributor: Harvey Dan   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Volvo   Country: United Kingdom
East Sussex Hove Volvo Fire Appliance

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Multi purpose appliance that carries both firefighting and rescue equipment. It carries 1800 litres of water, a pump that can deliver 2250 litres of water per minute with additional 1:7 Foam capability.
Picture added on 13 January 2008
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Seems a bit strange that the bodywork is wider than the cab, admittiedly, not as wide as the mirrors, just looks odd.
I wonder if anyone will make a stretched cab version of the new flm cab?

Added by John Johnstone on 13 January 2008.
This crew cab is a bit wider than the original truck cab, but there is a limit to how much extra width the bodybuilder can put in to the B pillar, particularly if a window is added. You will see some extreme examples of this on this site, especially on the old Bedford TK and Dodge K series chassis.
The Volvo section illustrates several efforts to build a crewcab which is functional and looks good, including the extremeky ugly Volvo-Renault standard crewcab, which is the same width as the regular truck cab.
The VdF in Italy are now buying Volvos with RAI bodywork. Like the German bodybuilders, this firm utilizes the standard tilting truck cab, with the crew cab essentially forming part of the rear body. HCB were the first to do this in the UK, in 1966, with the then brand-new Ford D series, which had a tilt cab.
The wider rear cab does provide decent room for four, which can be a problem in some of the narrower extended truck cabs, but the resulting vehicle is not usually very attractive to look at. The B pillar can look very clumsy, and this approach emphasizes that fire engines nowadays are just commercial trucks with a specialist body, except in North America, where some custom truck builders still exist.
Personally, I quite like this styling job, which reminds me of London's Atego pumpers and rescue trucks. If you want to see some quite practical but hideous tacked-on crew cabs, look at the Ford Cargo trucks which are built in Brazil.

Added by Rob Johnson on 06 August 2012.
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