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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (6)


5 way valve

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Can anyone remember the sequence of the old 5-way valve?

I think I'm getting old.....

John Stead

Request for any photographs of NWB415K

Posted on April 21, 2012 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (6)

Hello there, my name is Tim Ansell and i am currently the voluntary Brigade Photographer for the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. What i am after is any information or even better any images of an ex South Yorkshire Dennis F108 Water Ladder reg no- NWB415K. This was one of a batch of 5 or 6,but,was the only roller shuttered one out of the batch. They had side mounted pumps also.

Hopefully someone out there can help me. Any costs would be covered obviously. I know its a longshot but heres hoping!!!

Contact me on

Cheers Tim Ansell.


Posted on March 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (5)

I was looking fire appliance pictures on flickr and came across a colour one of DWY745H,a white HP.Details with the picture say it was a West Riding appliance,and the photo was taken in 1970 at Birkenshaw.Does anybody know anything about its history or which fire stations it operated from.Ihave checked all my W.Yorks fleetlists and cannot find it mebtioned.Graham.

KWY 735K Ex WY Command Unit

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 10:18 PM Comments comments (0)

Excellent news about KWY 735K, She is been 'Lovingly' restored by professional day to day mechanics Mark Griffiths & Stewart Kaye at a garage in Huddersfield.


They found the old CU about 2 years ago buried under trees in shipley being used as a 'Mobile Home'


After a bit of negotiating, She was taken back to Huddersfield to be given some TLC!!


This CU was said to hold a world record of - 9 white helmets inside at 1 BIG job!!


Mark & Stewart also own 2 Ex WR & WY Dennis F46's one which is in the earlier WR white scheme.


There are rumours that other Ex WR & WY appliances will also be lovingly restored.


One of the F46's starting with BWH? was found in a Norfolk scrapyard - Rotting to the core!!


She was rescued and was recovered back to where she belongs - WY!!


There are photos on various sites of these 'Lovely' appliances.






Ex WY Volvo J789 GJX Spotted In Cleckheaton

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 8:12 PM Comments comments (3)

I was in Cleckheaton yesterday, And was surprised to see an 'Old friend' - Volvo J789 GJX sail past!


I didn't know this machine was privately owned, Or is maybe owned by a local enthusiast?


She was still in full WY colours, And also still had the ladders on!!


I didn't have my camera with me - typical!!


Has anyone else seen J789 about, Or any other 'Oldies'?


Best Regards.

Mark Elliott.

ERF Water Ladder

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 6:34 AM Comments comments (4)

I've just noticed the small photo of the ERF pump (RHS of the main page). This was a very interesting appliance that I came across whilst at Pudsey in 1982. Powered by a Cummins V8 diesel through an Allison Autobox, it was a good appliance.....while it was on the run.

And there's the main point...'while it was on the run'. I've never known a pump have so much downtime in all my life! The main cause was the sophisticated Waterous pump. This was a midships mounted 1200gpm pump with 8 deliveries (4 each side). Each delivery could be set to supply water at different pressures to the others, plus it had a fixed monitor on the roof which was the best I've ever seen.

The main pump suffered badly from leaking gaskets, causing a lot of down time. It would run fine until you tried to do a suction test, at which point it usually surrendered, spraying water all over. However, at the only major incident I used it, Jumbo Mills, Kirkstall, Leeds, (just a make up to 12 and TL's 2....we didn't like to fuss in those days....)  it was set into the river as base pump, and happily supplied 8 deliveries all night at 100psi. It was a relief when it primed, I can tell you! I think Don Kirk was ADO i/c , and I wouldn't have liked to tell him it had failed again!

Great fish and chips from across the road though!

Does anyone remember the name of the DO at Leeds East at that time? Leeds West was Tony Upton.

I think the appliance finally went to Moreton, though I could be mistaken.

Re: Stack Grab photo, Shipley.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM Comments comments (3)

This appliance (and I use the phrase in its loosest possible way!), was stationed at Pontefract in the early 60's, and was a swine to operate.

It was an ex-army Bedford QL, with a modified crane on the back. The method of use was to raise the crane (with the grab or claw on it), drive or reverse into the burning stack, drop the crane and reverse out.

It was a finger grabber par excellence, and an all round pig.

I used it on at least two occasions at stack fires in the early 60's, and was glad to see it go to Shipley!

If anyone else has photos, I'd like to see them please.

Command Unit

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 9:29 AM Comments comments (8)

A new Brigade Command Unit is currently being built by outside contractors. It will be similar to the one in service at present ...not sure which chassis it will be but more than likely on a Volvo.

Land Rovers

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (3)

 2 New Landrover appliances are on there way for moorland firefighting etc.....

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