After "downsizing" in
Series 13, the LB crew wisely have decided to reinstate
the second pump at Blackwall for the latest series.
Incidentally, in case you were wondering why
they are called Echo441 and Echo442, its because their
callsigns are broken down into:
(E being Eastern,
G being Western
and F being Southern)
to change the Command
system into a Borough
(44 being Blackwall)
E44 being chosen as
the last Echo station
was E43. However,
E44 is now used by
Lambeth Fire Station
in real life!!
(1 being a pump ladder,
2 being a pump,
3 being a Turntable,
5 being an ALP,
6 being a FRU)
Thanks to Simon Rowley for the
historical appliances data, please visit his Fire Aid
|Series 13 (2001)
Saxon Sanbec Pump Ladder
This is in fact H373 BTP with a
/ Saxon / Simon ST300S ALP
Hired in from West Midlands Fire
Service. Registered J43 SOF, and is now back in
Birmingham being used as a real ALP.
ADO Coleman's car which he uses to
get to shouts. No such vehicles exist within
London Fire Brigade. However, I want one!
|Series 10 - 12 (1998 - 2000)
Saxon Sanbec Pump Ladder
To try and give the programme a more
"modern" look, it was decided to get
rid of the old London "lookalike"
appliances and get a new appliance exactly the
same as those used in the capital. The Volvo /
Saxon combination can be seen at any London Fire
Saxon Sanbec Pump Ladder.
This appliance was originally H373
BTP with Hampshire FB until they rolled it. LWT
purchased the chassis and got Saxon to rebody it
to LFB style. Whilst it was being built London's
PL1040 was loaned to LWT for a few episodes. See
Series 13 for its latest look..
6 - 9 (1993 - 1997)
(originally VDT 420Y)
Ex-South Yorkshire FS. This
appliance was shown as registered anything from C
reg to J reg! C341 replaced a Dodge that Bayleaf
crashed. 420 sold to Bells and Two Tones and now
a works appliance at Caterpillar.
(originally VDT 427Y)
Ex-South Yorkshire FS. There is some
confusion on which registrations this carried but
D256NWN is a confirmed one. 427 was eventually
sold to a scrap dealer.
Used in the first episode of Series
6. This is the appliance Bayleaf used to crash
into a car.
|Series 3 - 5 (1990 - 1992)
|Various Regs (originally BWG 322/3T)
Ex-South Yorkshire FS. 322 preserved
in the Pump House Museum in Walthamstow, while
323 was rolled down a bank in an episode and has
|Film and Series 1 - 2 (1988
|GYW 628W, YHV 194T
& Drewry WX / CFE
Ex-London FB, these two appliances
were used for two series plus reserve for an
additional three. 628 is now preserved at the
Pump House Museum in Walthamstow
Appliances from other stations
Whenever theres a big shout on LB, there has
to be additional appliances from neighbouring stations.
Many times, the two Blackwall appliances have been used
again but without showing their Blackwall markings.
Shadbrook have used Dodges for nearly 10
years now (!) with varying registrations. They also have
had a Fire Investigation Unit (London's MDC37 still in
use) and a TL (A793 SUL). Now they are using P859YEP ex-Blackwall
with the P771 NLF registration plates. Also their TL was
rolled over (like Paddingtons was) during Series 13.
Borough Street only appear on major shouts
and we have only seen their HP XDL 62K, which was ex-Isle
of Wight, but now owned by David Deane Associates and for
sale, if anyone wants it!
In early series, Charlton were likely to be
seen (usually with Josie Ingham in charge) with their
Dennis SS131. At various times, A749 SUL (ex-London) and
other non-London appliances were seen.
Also in Series 6, Greenwich were seen at a
large hospital shout using ex-Blackwall GYW 628W.
Also present in most large shouts are the
"Divisional" vehicles, such as Command Units.
Sometimes, even Brigade Headquarters provide a command
unit, as seen in Series 11, which at that time was so
new, it hadn't been used in London!
All photos are © Gareth Perkins.
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