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Australia Kenworth Heavy Tanker Bush fire
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No: 5808   Contributor: Frank van der Weerden   Year: 1991   Manufacturer: Kenworth   Country: Australia
Australia Kenworth Heavy Tanker Bush fire

ACT - Stromlo Bush Fire Council station 10
19?? Kenworth heavy tanker ZIO-747 > 201 838
Picture added on 16 January 2008
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is this appliance still in service in the ACT Bush fire Council?

Added by Andrew C. on 21 January 2008.
Andrew, I have no idea, maybe one of the Oz readers know.

Added by Fire995 on 01 March 2008.
No This tanker would have been retired a long time ago from the ACT around early 90's possibly...

It was passed through to NSW Rural Fire Service and is still operational with them for BULK Water carting. I could be wrong it may very well have been retired from them also, as the brigade im pretty sure that use to operate it does not anymore.

The Old Stromlo 15/Forests 15 now PARKS 15 SCANIA Dual Axke Heavy Ridgid has had thousands spent on it with a new Pump and paint and total refurbishment to allow it to be operational for many years as a BULK water carrier for the ACT.

I have heard from my mate from PARKS its great running now a great looking beast and good fun to drive.

I will attempt to get a photo on here however with a very quiet season it may not happen untill late in the year,


Jamie. Jerrabomberra RFS.

Added by Jamie on 19 March 2008.
For a photo of that 'Parks 15' Scania tanker as 'Forests 15' in 2006: see picture #7009.

Added by Martien Dral on 24 March 2008.
One of the great bushfire truck juggernauts.

Added by Albert L.N. on 08 July 2008.
Ha, Big Ken, Little Wee was it's nickname after it was painted red and made the pride of Wallaroo RFB (outskirts of Canberra). While i I was in the neighbouring Hall Brigade I crewed it for the odd hazard reduction. From memory it had a V8 308 motor for the pump and while they were learning how to use the vehicle kept blowing the hoses off the couplings .. WAY too much pressure. Oh yeah, notice the 4 steps up, it was a long way up/down after a big day on the back.

Added by Fireyowie on 12 November 2008.
Have done some further research into where it went- dead end, however this link has some great shots of it in a previous life as BFC 3. It still has fed gov plates so this is early '80s i recon. notice on the back near the pump it has a "chemical tank" for chemical we are not allowed to use any more!!! It was built to last, no plastic here!!! the link is:

Added by Fireyowie on 14 November 2008.
I crewed the first Kenworth in the mid 1970's, osed for urban fringe, no off road. We had to run hoses to fires.Forestry were then the main bushfire resource.

Added by John Klason on 19 April 2012.
I have pictures of how this looks now. It is still around - spends her days sitting in a shed. 6V53 Detroit, 4 speed Allison automatic, bogie drive. 308 Holden V8 as the pump motor. Believed to be the only 3 seat Kenworth built in Australia - the passenger side has a small 'bench' seat that goes in to the tunnel to allow 2 people to sit on the passenger side.
If someone can tell me how to upload photos to here, I'll happily share some.

Added by Brad Hayes on 27 February 2016.
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