The Australian Army bases scattered around the continent required well trained and equipped Fire Fighting teams right on the spot, wherever they happened to be. That is still the case of course, but in earlier times such as the 1960s and 1970s, there were definitely more fire hazards and many dangerous activities (measured by modern OHS standards anyway). Looking at old Army photos you can see hazards which just don't occur much anymore... obviously with the fleet now predominently diesel-engined, hazards inherent to petrol vehicles and petrol jerrycans have been removed.
The first Australian Army Land-Rover Fire Tender Series 2 variants were built around 1961-62 (5 units supplied) and by 1965 the Series 2A variants were in service and much more numerous by a factor of ten (55 units supplied). These fire fighting Land-Rovers are rare since the total ever made -using ARN references- is only a few dozen units and there are not many left in one piece. How many are there? Good question. Anyway, they are very interesting and so are their capabilities. The following details about the Australian military Land-Rover Series 2A Fire Tender are quoted from Stephen Stansfield:
"The cab/chassis was the standard military modified Series 2A Land-Rover ¾ ton with canvas hood over the cab and a fibre glass body on the rear to store ancillary equipment.
"...Electrical and lighting equipment was considerable with a combined reversing/work light, 2 long range driving lights to supplement the vehicles main headlights, 1 red revolving beacon, audible warning siren, adjustable spot light, detachable search light on the body able to be mounted on a stowed tripod, and 3 channel radio transceiver..."
In 2003, Ross O. from South Australia (see 'Roseworthy Collection' - REMLR member 112), scanned the Army Technical Instruction manual -all of 50 pages- for this Land-Rover variant. The scanned pages (.jpg files) are archived on the REMLR CD-ROM. Thanks Ross! Here is the blurb from the introduction to the manual:
"The TRUCK, FIRE FIGHTING, ¾ Ton, GS, Fire Engine is basically a standard TRUCK, UTILITY, ¾ Ton, GS, Land-Rover, Series 2A, 109 WB, modified, and equipped with a high capacity water pump, water tank, boom spray and miscellaneous fire fighting equipment permitting the employment of pumped water and hand extinguishers to combat fires. The vehicle is capable of highway and cross-country operation. It has a range of approximately 250 miles on first class roads at a GVW of 5859lb. Fully equipped, it is capable of towing a trailer of 6732lb GVW (2244lb cross-country)."
Ross O. met up with Wayne E. who owns a Series 2A Fire Tender and later in 2004 Wayne joined us here on REMLR. Wayne E. would appreciate any Fire Tender parts, hose and old type fire extinguishers that you may have found at swap meets etc.
See more about Fire Tender Landy restoration:
|Series 2A 109" Fire Tender
Front exhaust & lotsa fittings
|Other front view
missing the front extinguishers
Series 2A 109" Fire Tender dash
Too much red paint for one page!
Where's my sunglasses - my eyes usually only channel drab olive green! - Ross C