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Volvo B12M rescue pumper Färgelanda (Sweden)
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No: 7342   Contributor: Martien Dral   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Volvo   Country: Sweden
Volvo B12M rescue pumper Färgelanda (Sweden)

Rescue pumper, built in 2003 by Firebus on a Volvo B12M bus-chassis. This fire-engine has a 3,000 lpm pump, 3,000 litre watertank and 400 litre foamtank. It is owned by Räddningstjänsten Norra Älvsborg (= Norra Älvsborg Rescueservices). That's a co-operation of 4 municipalities in Western Sweden. This photo was made in Trollhättan on March 29th, 2008, when this pumper was stationed at Färgelanda fire station as fire-engine 38441.
Picture added on 08 April 2008
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Impressive machine! Any pictures of it with all its lights on? It has plenty of flashing lights on the side I bet it looks impressive at night! Thanks for the picture.

Added by David Sapsford on 08 April 2008.
No wonder the front section looks like a bus. By the way how many crew man this appliance?

Added by Bomba Boy on 08 April 2008.
43 seated, 8 standing, and you press the bell to stop......

Added by Barry on 09 April 2008.
Nice one Barry........

Added by John Walker on 09 April 2008.
Excellent joke, Barry !!
Sorry David, I have no night pics of this car. End of March 2008, I was just a few days in Sweden. This machine was shown then at the 2008-annual meeting of the Swedish Fire Brigade Society (SUF), of which I am a foreign member.
In answer to Bomba Boy: this appliance has a standard Swedish crew. And that means five. At the wish of a Fire Department, Firebus could place some more seats in this type of machine.

Added by Martien Dral on 10 April 2008.
Hi Martien! The firebrigade in Oslo (Norway) was owner of a similar vehicle some years ago. If I dont rember wrong, it was manned by a crew of 7! It was from the begining located at the Hq-station, but withdrawn from there, `cos it was to big! I´m not sure, if it is still in service, rumers sad they sold it after a couple years! It was called Firebus!

Anders F. Sweden.

Added by Anders Fallström on 14 September 2014.
Hi Anders,
That Oslo pumper, with call sign 91, was considered the worst acquisition of Oslo fire brigade OBRE. Soon it spent most of its time back to the factory. It was rebuilt/re-equiped as a kind of HazMat as 59 at fire station 5. After that it went to fire station 1 Briskeby. Mind: Oslo central fire station has number 9! At Briskeby it was a 'kommandosenter': a mobile command centre, with call sign 05. I don't know if it's still at Briskeby. Someone else has the latest news??

Added by Martien Dral on 18 September 2014.
Hi Martien! The vehicle on the photo is still belonging to Norra Älvsborg Rescueservice! The Volvo busin Oslo is still a mobile commando center at Briskeby Firestation, with nr.05.There is a site on google:oslo brannvesen.Scroll down to;Oslo brannog redningsetat Wikipedia.Push on that, a new site comes up:Oslo brann-og redningsetat.Scroll down, and you find Innhold.There you can under Rullende
matreill see the list of the vehicles of the firestations in Oslo!

Regards Anders F. Sweden.

Added by Anders Fallström on 04 January 2015.
Hi Anders!
Thank you for your most welcome additional information.
Regards, Martien

Added by Martien Dral on 06 January 2015.
Using a bus chassis as a command unit is very common all over the World, including an amazing double deck bus which belongs to the Karlsruhe Feuerwehr and can be seen on this site.

Using one for a ladder truck is also not exactly rare, and several have appeared in the UK. Some, in WWII, were built because bus chassis were available; others were more intentional.

There were also a handful of emergency tenders and a pair of BA tenders in London - which were never used because the union could not agree about how they would be manned!

But pumps? Very rare, and - when they were produced (by Merrweather on AEC bus chassis in the 1950s and by others in 1960s on Leyland Firemaster chassis) the chassis was shortened to about 3.6 to 4.0 meters wheelbase. A bus is just too long if it is not shortened like this!

Added by Rob Johnson on 09 October 2018.
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