Fire Engines in preservation
Production of Dennis fire appliances is set to restart, as an indirect result of MAN’s ditching of plans to build refuse collection vehicles. Alexander Dennis stopped building fire appliances a year ago following demands from its cab supplier Dennis Eagle (owned by Ros Roca of Spain) for guaranteed orders for at least 50 a year. Unable to commit to that number, Alexander Dennis stopped production of fireappliance chassis at its Dennis Fire plant in Guildford, Surrey while another cab supplier was sought (Transport Engineer December 2007). But at the Fire & Rescue show in Liverpool last month Dennis Fire was telling brigades that production would restart next year, with the familiar Cromweld stainless-steel cab built by Dennis Eagle in Blackpool.
There will be no immediate return to the fire-appliance market for Guildford-built Sabres because Dennis Fire has decided to skip Euro-4 engines and go straight to Euro-5. “We can’t get the first of these from Cummins until next March,” explains Dennis Fire general manager Roger Paice. “It will probably be June before we see the first chassis.”- Re-Printed courtesy of the 'Transport Engineer'.
This private collection based in the North East of England is of mainly DENNIS fire appliances.
Fleet List (December 2008)
|REG. NO.||YEAR||MANUFACTURER||MODEL TYPE||CLASSIFICATION|
|FA1075||1921||Dennis||'N' Type||Pump Escape|
|N/A||1923||Dennis||Trailer Pump||No.2 Pump|
|FA4067||1930||Dennis||Low Load 60/70HP||Pump Escape|
|JD1490||1931||Dennis||BIg 6||Pump Escape|
|BPB644||1931||Dennis||Big 4||Pump Escape|
|FP3564||1938||Dennis||Light 4||Pump Escape|
|EUP313||1941||Dennis||Light 4 New World||Pump|
|OZ9607||1954||Dennis||F17 Metz 125' TLP||Turn Table Ladder|
|999MHN||1960||Leyland||Firemaster Magirus 100' TL||Turn Table Ladder|
|EBB783C||1965||Dennis||F107 Emergency Tender||Heavy ET|
|GDY99F||1967||AEC Merryweather||Merryweather 100' TL||Turn Table Ladder|
|DHN999J||1970||Dennis||F108 Maxim/Holmes 750||Heavy Rescue Tender|
|SBB564M||1974||Dennis||F109 Water Tender||Water Tender|
|SPY762R||1977||Dennis||R130 'R' Series||Water Tender|
|FGR281S||1977||Dennis||F60 Emergency Tender||Heavy ET|
|RTN144S||1977||Dennis||F123 Delta Magirus 100' TL||Turntable Ladder|
|STY31S||1978||Dennis||F131 Water Tender||Water Tender|
|ETN909W||1980||Shelvoke||SPV Emergency Tender||Heavy ET|
|EBB846W||1980||Dennis||Dominator||Incident Command Unit|
|EBB847W||1980||Shelvoke||SPV Foam Tender||Foam Tender|
|B759GCN||1982||Dennis||SS131 Water Tender||Fire Boat Transporter|
|D785XRG||1984||Dennis||SS131 Water Tender||Water Tender|
|REBUILDING A WATER PUMP - The secrets of the engine water pump on NKR31525 are revealed|
|ON THE STREETS OF BELFAST - Looking back at the life of OZ9607 in troubled Belfast|
|GYWNNE TURBINE PUMP - Performance and operating details|
|THE RESTORATION OF JD1490 - A pictorial record of new life being breathed into am old engine|
|THE PURCHASE AND RUNNING OF SN1459 - Extracts from the minutes of Helensburgh Town Council|
|DOWNLOADS - Manuals, sales brochures, advertisments for early Dennis Fire Engines|
Tracing the History of your Dennis Appliance
Following the closure of the Dennis Woodbridge Hill factory in 1991 all the factory archives were transferred to the Surrey History Service.
The factory meticulously recorded all of their appliance production and original factory photographs exist for many appliances. The new Dennis factory is still in Guildford on the Slyfield Industrial Estate.
I am grateful to the SHS and Alexander-Dennis for permission to reproduce images from their archive.
For further information relating to this Northern Collection of Dennis Fire Engines please email;