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Ford marine Unit  XKB 927W
Fire Engine Photos
No: 41337   Contributor: Petros   Year: 2019   Manufacturer: Ford   Country: United Kingdom
Ford marine Unit XKB 927W

mid 1970s Bankhall Merseyside. Liverpool then Merseyside had extensive docks and a large marine fire fighting unit for ship fires with several vehicles, including the ex Birkenhead FB Commer Sun Foam tender, and a semi trailer.

Late Alastair Collins collection - used with permission.
Picture added on 08 August 2019 at 09:11
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The black plastic grille and square headlights were an effort to modernize the styling of the D series cab, as a stop-gap measure to keep sales flowing until the D series was replaced by the Cargo.

I personally do not think the effort was very successful. On this rig, it might have looked better painted red to match the rest of the cab...

Added by Rob Johnson on 08 August 2019.
Don't quote me on this, but I believe that Bankhall once held the distinction of the largest number of appliances on the run at any UK fire station with a total of nine.
I visited it the same year that Liverpool staged the national garden festival (mid 80's) and they still had one, possibly two of the inherited Liverpool Salvage Corps Ford D series appliances there.

Added by Andy Fish on 08 August 2019.
What exactly is it ? a Hiab crane equipped flat with a big pump on board ?

Added by CraigW on 10 August 2019.
CraigW. Basically yes, that is what it was.

Again, don't quote me on this but from memory I believe that this appliance carried a pump that was off loaded and intended to use to remove firefighting water from a ship. "stability" issues are a major problem with established ship fires and water used for firefighting can create a very significant problem, if left unresolved it can even lead to things as dire as capsize.

My early days as a firefighter saw me serving at Camel's Head fire station in Plymouth who's area included the Royal Naval dockyard at Devonport so I cut my teeth on ship firefighting it can be said.

Added by Andy Fish on 16 August 2019.
And I believe that Shrewsbury now holds the distinction of having the largest number of frontline vehicles on-the-run in the country. Don’t know the number though. Sorry.

Added by YelpBullhorn on 21 September 2019.
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