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1941 Austin K2 Heavy Pumping Unit (reg GLE 820)
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No: 7550   Contributor: Pete Matten   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Austin   Country: United Kingdom
1941 Austin K2 Heavy Pumping Unit (reg GLE 820)

This is an 1941 Austin K2 Heavy Pumping Unit (reg GLE 820) with a 6cyl 28hp petrol engine built to a standard design to Home Office specification for wartime service,and would typically pump water at 700 gallons per minute through four delivery outlets.Simular units were built on Bedford,Morris Commercial and Fordson 7V chassis.This Austin K2 was supplied new to Fife Fire Brigade in Scotland.Through bomb and flame,they stood their ground,with just an axe,or branch in hand.

No thought for themselves,just others around,they gave so much,protecting our land.

As bomb after bomb,fell to ground,that terrible noise,that terrible sound. The young and the old,they all did their bit,those very brave firemen,sadly now many dead.

Many have gone,but will not be forgot,for all that they did,and much they could not
They all did their best,in our hour of need,those hundreds of firemen,a very brave breed.

We'll never forget them,and all that they did,to make this world better,and life better to live.
God bless the many,that have sadly now gone,we shall remember them,freedom and peace cannot be wrong.
Picture added on 20 April 2008
add commentComments:

The rig next door looks like a similar idea - eg, a separate motor-and-pump carried on the rear bed of the apparatus.

Great photo - it's got all the details.


Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 26 August 2008.
Pat, the appliance next to this one is also on this site.Its a
1940 Bedford, and again an Heavy Unit(picture #7434).Check it out
or look at my pictures from the wartime period, Pete.

Added by Pete Matten on 26 August 2008.
Thanks, Pete, I came across the 1940 Bedford afterwards, scanning the British Makers, List in "Built By", but wasn't 100% sure. Figured that you would have shot the other gray-painted Engine !

Looking at the Black-Out head-lights, etc - simply getting to the Fire-Scene in the pitch-dark, with not a light allowed to show anywhere, must have been an unholy nightmare. No wonder, there were so many crashes.

Regards, from canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 26 August 2008.
ive pics of another one reg (GLT 369)

Added by Jake Caswell on 22 December 2008.
Jake, some of us are never to bored of seeing these war-period appliances,
seeing them it helps those trying to keep records on what is still around
today in preservation so send in picture please of GLT 396, and if you have
any information on the vehicle, thats a bonus, if not there's people around
who will I'm sure add something to your picture....Thanks.

Added by Pete Matten on 22 December 2008.
Any idea where it was based Pete? My knowledge on AFS/NFS markings is rusty sorry to say.

Added by Andrew Middleton on 02 May 2010.
Andrew,when I speak to the owner next time,whom I know very well,I'll try and find out a little more information on this vehicle.
Can I make it quite clear though that the numbers and letters shown (15-B-5V) on this Austin K2 are not that of a Scottish (NFS) Brigade,so you are to totally ignore it. Scotland had a slightly different system then that of England in that they used geographically titled fire force -Northern-HQ Inverness, North Eastern-HQ Aberdeen, Eastern-HQ Dundee, South Eastern-HQ Edinburgh, Western No1-HQ Glasgow, and Western No2-HQ Poisley.Sorry,I do not have any other details regarding the actual numbering/lettering of appliances in Scotland,only a map from 1944 of Fire Force Areas and there Headquarters so you'll have to maybe do a little bit of local research.

Added by Pete Matten on 03 May 2010.
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