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Mack CF685
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No: 81   Contributor: Allan Kennaird   Year: 1978   Manufacturer: Mack   Country: New Zealand
Mack CF685

A Mack pump from Auckland, New Zealand. No Other details available at this moment.
Picture added on 07 August 2005
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this appear's to be a circa 1968, 1969 model. The four door cab enclosure is MACK, but the rear body is not original MACK, bodywork or compartment's.It's nice a MACK this far away from home!.

Added by George Frankenfield on 14 July 2006.
Possibly the bodywork are built by local NZ company and the style are still used today.Mack are quite popular in NZ but in 1990s-now the NZ FS replaced the Macks with Scania.However FDNY still use their Mack CF pumper/tower truck till today as reserve.

Added by Bomba Boy on 19 December 2006.
Brian Denton 1995 "Chariots for Fire" Reed Books places this photograph in the capital of New Zealand, when the appliance was a relief pump in the Wellington Region. The body was manufactured by Wormalds who were a major fire appliance manufacturer at that time. It would be nice if some of our New Zealand colleagues could comment on this very unique machine, , , ,

Added by Pavel Zaremba on 20 December 2006.
This was a Pump in the Wellington area, and has now been decommissioned. The locker section was most likely built by Wormalds, but the cupboard style doors were typical in this part of the country - other areas had roller type lockers.

This is a unique appliance in New Zealand - most Macks here were in fact Aerials - Auckland City has a Mack Aerialscope, and there were various TTL's, Snorkels and Telebooms around the country. Those still in commission include Auckland City and Tauranga. I believe the Department of Corrections may still have a Mack Pump based at the Paremoremo Prison. Take a look at for more information about NZ appliances.

Added by Darren Hodgetts on 23 February 2007.
looks like it is this unit

Added by David NZ on 18 April 2007.
This is one of three Mack "pumps" used in the Wellington City Brigade with bodywork built by Wormalds in NZ. The first was in the late 70's, the last in 1982. Other Macks used in Wellington include a MC series "Telesquirt", and a CF Mack TTL with 100' ladder. There were several Mack aerial appliances used around NZ in the 80's and 90's.

Added by Michael D on 07 October 2008.
I'm am definitely sure that Paremoremo still has their CF Mack.

Added by James Marks on 13 October 2008.
"Granny Seats" again, Pavel.

As originally built, this Mack CF would have the open-ended cab, with the rear-facing seats behind those parallelogram [lozenge?] windows - mid-mount engine and pump.

Wormalds would have added the rear cab-doors and closed it in; and done the rest of the body. Don't know about shifting the Mid-Mount Pump Panel from USA LH side to this RH side.

Picture # 4890 shows a USA Mack CF Pumper; and Picture # 5055 shows another Mack Pumper with "Granny Seat" occupants.

This rig is truly a fascinating combination of classic USA Pumper and British-style Pumper.

Would love to see more of her.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 29 November 2008.
Right-hand or left-hand drive?

Added by Michael Feldman on 14 March 2010.
Michael,I've just been looking through some of my old pictures.They were right-hand drive.

Added by Pete Matten on 14 March 2010.
Upon further investigation with my colleagues, I've learned that there were actually 4 of these pumps used in Wellington (before my time). There were some variations to the body work. I have some photo's of others and will see if I can get them on here. They were all right hand drive.

Added by Michael D on 22 March 2010.
We have just purchased the ex Auckland 1978 Mack CF685RFC with 100' ladder from Steve Knowles Reg.JB4878 and intend putting into contracting work.

Added by Warren at Coast Central Contracting Ltd on 05 July 2010.
Does anyone know the reg of this particular beaut?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 13 September 2010.
I have an original copy of this picture and it shows this 1982 Mack/Custon-built lowline pumper as having the registration JR426.Just above the window below the orange lights it also states it was on the run from Station 31 when this photograph was taken.

Added by Pete Matten on 18 September 2010.
Cheers Pete. Count on you as always to sort out a crisis. I'm also having problems identifying the differences of the bodywork on the Pumpers. Is it Austral, Lowes, Mills-Tui or Warmauld?

Added by Andrew Middleton on 18 September 2010.
JR 426 was last the appliance at Auckland Maximum Security Prison as an Industrial appliance.

Added by Bruce Perry on 21 September 2010.
JR 426 was a rebuild of original registration IW 2229 that was involved in an accident. In answer to Andrew M it was assembled by Wormald. It has recently been replaced at the prison and disposed of.

Added by David Miller on 06 December 2011.
I just brought a 1982 mack CF685 ex Wellington, Newtown and Rotorua ladder fire struck now a tiny home. Would like a photo when is use if anyone has one. 02102262513 cell.

Added by Julie Anderson on 06 August 2017.
Sounds like KU 1463. Have a look at www.

Added by David Miller on 08 August 2017.
Yes you are correct, I found that site after commenting here.

Added by Julie Anderson on 09 August 2017.
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