First Freighter fire fighter
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• Leyland Trucks' first fire appliance in 25 years (first revealed in CM, August 31, 1985) is now going into operation for Lancashire County Fire Brigade.
The new vehicle, based on the Leyland Freighter, has been developed in conjunction with body builder Fulton and Wylie.
Lancashire County Fire Brigade has placed a 21.5 million order for a total of 26 of the vehicles.
The first of the new appliances was exhibited at FIRE '86 at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow Last week.
Leyland's Special Vehicle Operation has substantially modified the Freighter 16.17 chassis, reducing the wheelbase to 3.91 metres and resiting the air reservoirs and fuel tanks within the frame to allow extra locker space.
The vehicle is powered by Leyland's 134kW (180bhp) turbocharged, six cylinder 420 engine, driving through an Allison AT 545 automatic transmission.
Leyland originally planned to deliver the new fire appliance in November last year, but encountered teething troubles.