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Laxey's first line appliance
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No: 843   Contributor: Justin McMullin   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: MAN   Country: United Kingdom
Laxey's first line appliance

This is a MAN 10-224 based at Laxey Retained (Part-time) Station in the Isle of Man. Bodywork by Saxon Sanbech of Cheshire.
Picture added on 15 May 2006
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Devon F&RS have appliances almost identical to this

Added by Alex on 20 March 2008.
Where is the 13.5m ladder?
I notice all the pumps have 999 on the number plates. is this only allowed on the isle of man?

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Added by Brad wells on 26 April 2009.
Quite a few of the pre 1974 County Borough brigades had 999 on registrations Darlington being just one.....of course the local authorities operated the vehicle tax and registrations so it was easy for the fire brigade to arrange for the 999s to be allocated, likewise many bus companies 'arranged' for the registration numbers to link with the bus fleet numbers.
Not all pumps carry a 135 ladder, North Wales FB have taken these ladders from retained appliances on some does look like there is something 'missing'

Added by Barrie Green on 27 April 2009.
I think all the Isle Of Man fire appliances have 999 in their reg. The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has started a programme to replace to the main 135 ladder on the Rescue Pumps & second pumps at two pump stations with a 9 metre ladder.

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 28 April 2009.
For a Mann this seems from the outside a well designed pump, would appreciate some "tech spec" please!

Added by John Stott on 28 April 2009.
Brad = The appliance carries a 3 section 10.5m ladder that is only just visible and is very neatly stowed. The appliance is based in a small mining village hence why no 13.5m which coincidentally we have have only just started converting to after being one of only 3 Brigades in the country that i'm aware of to have used 15m ladders on all front line pumping appliances.

Bryan = Not all of our registrations have 999 in them however most of them have. It is more of a historical thing than for a particular reason. They have been handed down over the years from retired appliances.
Hope this helps you guys.
L/FF Justin McMullin - Isle of Man Fire & Rescue Service -

Added by Justin McMullin on 28 April 2009.
Bryan here is a few examples (old appliances found in the historical photos part of Justin's website)
WMN999, originally carried on an ERF pump, currently on a Mercedes pump at Castletown,
999WMN, found on a Dennis F2?, currently on the third pump at Douglas Volvo FL6
999CMN, found on a Dennis F? WrE, currently on a Volvo FL6 allocated to Peel
NMN999, new Volvo FLL pump seen on the news page, plate was carried by the old HP.

Justin, can you add any pics of the new ALP, Peel MAN, the new CMN999E at Port Erin and any of the new pumps?

Added by Jake Reever on 29 April 2009.
Justin, I very nearly purchased an ex IoM Ford A type Transit Rescue Tender which I intended to restore to its original condition, the 'legals' having to re-register a fire appliance defeated me!!!

Added by Barrie Green on 29 April 2009.
Ive raised the issue of the missing 13.5m ladder on the forum and it seems all brigades across the uk are phasing these ladders out. as mentioned by barrie, north wales have already taken some 13.5m ladders of the run,supposedly to do with safety. apparently brigades are favouring a 10m ladder.

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Added by Brad wells on 02 May 2009.
Brad you have been misinformed. The vehicle only carries a 3 section 10.5m ladder as for the small town that the vehicle mainly covers it is sufficient. Also we couldn't physically fit anything bigger on the small wheel based MAN chassis. As for 13.5m ladders being phased out i have no idea where you got that info from as we have just started a conversion program from 15m ladders to 13.5m ladders.

Added by L/FF Justin McMullin on 03 May 2009.
Brad, over here the NIFRS are bringing in the 9 metre ladders as they are easier to handle & it will allow the stations with to standard pumps to have a WrL & WrT - I've heard the WrT will be used for the 'run of the mill' jobs eg car fires rubbish etc but I would say there is a cost issue aswell as Health & Safety, handling etc & as for the Rescue pumps getting a 9 metre ladder I was told the intial intention was for them not to carry with a 13.5 metre ladder as they would be stationed at 2 pump stations with a standard WrL.

Justin I remember being told about 10 years ago when I was down 'annoying' the Sunday morning crew during TT week that the 'main' ladders on some IOM appliances were 15 metre, Can't remember if there was a reason though. Are these MAN pumps replacements for the Mercedes 917 4x4 pumps - would you have any pictures of the Unimogs IOMFS had ?

Added by Bryan Sweeney on 05 May 2009.
north wales fire and rescue have a pump with a 13.5 in every other station so 22 out of 44 stations have 13.5s on the run

Added by Jake Caswell on 06 July 2009.
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