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East Sussex Incident Command Unit in 1978
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No: 5877   Contributor: Harvey Dan   Year: 1978   Manufacturer: Bedford   Country: United Kingdom
East Sussex Incident Command Unit in 1978

LVH 196T Control Unit / Incident Command Unit

This Appliance was originally the Chemical Incident Unit for East Sussex and was then based at Stn11, Eastbourne, it was then refurbished and turned into into the appliance you see above and was then allocated to Stn 01, Lewes as the Control Unit before later being renamed Incident Command Unit

Picture taken next to bexhill fire station where it was involved in a RTC in 1978 where sadly a 33 year old women died.
thanks to sub officer chris freeman for the info
Picture added on 21 January 2008
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I can confirm this one was built as a Control Unit, and was in fact exhibited as such at the 1978 Exhibition & Conference (at Eastbourne). So far as I'm aware, it never ram out of Eastbourne though, however the dedicated Chemical Incident Unit (PWV 74X - a Bedford TK/Pilcher-Greene) did run out of that station.

Added by Ian Moore on 21 January 2008.
Harvey, this 1978 Bedford/Anglo (later Angloco) was allocated from new to Lewes as the brigades Control Unit replacing a 1958 Ford Thames, an ex-Civil Defence vehicle.In 1997 (LVH 196T) was refurbished to provide communications, command and catering facilities.It was always a Control Unit.
The brigades CIU (Chemical Incident Unit) was a 1981 vehicle (Reg- PWV 74X)built locally by bodybuilder Pilcher Green on a Bedford TK 1260 chassis as a chemical incident unit, and this was the vehicle based at Eastbourne.This was the vehicle that become the brigades information unit.....Pete M.

Added by on 21 January 2008.
thanks for the info didnt read up on this appliance and had info from a friend so thanks for the help . harvey

Added by Harvey Dan on 22 January 2008.
Harvey, just had negatives copied of the E.S.F.B.Chemical Incident Unit based at Eastbourne.They have been sent, so keep your eyes open or you'll miss a classic.
Iv'e been digging back into the past and looking through old negatives, brought a tear to my eyes wondering were the years had gone....more pics to follow.
Added by Pete Matten.

Added by Pete Matten on 23 January 2008.
nice one pete cant wait to see.

Added by Harvey Dan on 23 January 2008.
Pete, whilst you are digging back into the past can you keep your eyes on the lookout for any pictures of GDY99F, the Hastings Merryweather TL. It has lived with me now since it came off the run and is still as smooth as ever.

Best wishes,


Added by Barry on 23 January 2008.
This info is unfortunately incorrect. The appliance was built as a control unit and never ran out of Eastbourne.

Added by Dave Freeman on 26 February 2018.
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