Volvo goes for a burn-up
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• The European and Scandinavian advance into Britain's fire appliance market — led by Mercedes-Benz's sales to Surrey and Norfolk, and Scania's to Grampian — has been joined by Volvo. Two FL6 chassis have now been sold to fire authorities, and both will appear at next month's fire exhibition in Glasgow.
The development of a Volvo fire chassis is a British initiative, and according to general manager of Volvo Trucks (GB) Jim Lamont, the result of customer inquiries rather than a sales push.
The two vehicles sold so far are a water tender to Clwyd County Fire Brigade by Thomas Hardie Commercials of Liverpool, and a turntable ladder supplied to Dorset County Fire Brigade by Princes of Southampton.
The Clwyd vehicle, on a 4m wheelbase, is being bodied by Fulton & Wylie, while the Dorset vehicle, on a 5m wheelbase, is being fitted with a 30m Metz turntable ladder. This unit, supplied through Angloco and being fitted by the manufacturer in Germany, is a four-section telescopic ladder which uses two 9m hydraulic cylinders for extension.
It has four hydraulic jacking legs able to move both vertically and horizontally, and automatic weight/extension compensation.
This ladder is similar to that fitted to the Scania P82M already supplied to Grampian, and another P92M Scania now being fitted out for Strathclyde.