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Dennis DF133 South Tipperary Fire service
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No: 9543   Contributor: Gary Parkinson   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Dennis   Country: Ireland
Dennis DF133 South Tipperary Fire service

This classic Dennis DF133/Dennis/Simon SCA160 pump hydraulic platform is on the run with the South Tipperary FS in Ireland
Picture added on 27 July 2008
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Its quite nice to see this type of appliance still active. Even us in Brunei had stopped a fleet of the 1980s Dennis DF and Dennis RS pump hydraulic platform fitted with Simon Snorkel SPCA snorkel. Not sure why they stop the usage of these nice appliance.

Added by Bomba 995 on 28 July 2008.
This appliance is no longer in service, was replaced in October 2009 with a scania P series scania HP, apparently only 5 days after being withdrawn was sold at auction to private bidder

Added by Dave D on 15 December 2009.
The PHP was a failed idea.

1- The 16 meter platform was not enough to have a really useful operating range, unless the truck was very carefully positioned in exactly the right place - which was usually impossible! So its effectiveness was very limited to a very few specific situations.

2- In addition the design resulted in a bulky and much heavier truck, often limiting the water tank to still get within the design weight.

3- It also sacrificed some locker space and accommodations for ground ladders - all of which affected its ability to function in its dual pump water tender role.

As they say in my native Yorkshire, "it was neither nowt nor summat", and no British fire service which bought them ever replaced any of them with another. Many were sold off after only a few years service, and too may of these discards seem to have ended up in Ireland...

Added by Rob Johnson on 16 May 2018.
And several decades on we have the Aerial Rescue Pump or CARP concept, a repeat of the PHP principle and just as ineffective.

Added by Andy Fish on 16 May 2018.
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