Fire Engine [Dennis F8]

Maker and role
Dennis Brothers Limited, Manufacturer
Rolls Royce Limited, Manufacturer
Auckland Metropolitan Fire Board, Commissioned by
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Production period
Dennis F8 fire engine for Auckland Metropolitan Fire Board. Large red closed cab fire truck, two individual front seats and one rear bench, black mud guards. New Zealand Fire Service badges on either side, Auckland Metropolitan Fire Board on each side.

Manufacture: Manufactured in 1955 by Dennis Brothers Limited in Surrey, England
Engine type: Rolls-Royce B60 six-cylinder engine 4.256 litres outputting 96.94kW
Gear box: four-speed gearbox, dry plate clutch and bevel rear axle.
Pump: Dennis No. 2 pump which delivered 2273 litres per minute. It is equipped with a 450-litre water tank.
Crew: 4
There are compartments inside the back of the truck, fire equipment on the back of the truck and braces for the 10.66 metre ladder.
Brief History
The Auckland Metropolitan Fire Board purchased five Dennis F8 fire appliances between 1953 and 1955. These were among the last of the wooden-bodied appliances used by New Zealand’s fire services. The model was popular with fire personnel because of its handling and narrow body (1.98 metres) for navigating urban neighbourhoods. These appliances were named “limousine” style because its crew could sit inside the vehicle’s cab, protected from the weather.

Auckland’s F8 appliances were different to other F8s in Aotearoa. They had smaller tanks, the hose-reel was mounted at the rear and a suction hose was carried on the top. There was also a backstep which carried brackets for standpipes. This F8 served Tāmaki Makaurau in Ellerslie, Mt Roskill, Onehunga, Central, Parnell and Ōtāhuhu. It was withdrawn from service and donated to MOTAT in 1982.
DENNIS Maker's Plate
Credit Line
Dennis Brothers Limited et al. 1955. Fire Engine [Dennis F8], 1982.62.27. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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