London Fire Brigade

Bronto Skylift/Volvo FL10 aerial platform

Modern height vehicles show remarkable progress from the early, mechanically operated horse drawn turntable ladders to the hydraulically operated aerial ladder platforms of today.

The Bronto Skylift had a total height of 110ft (33.5m) making it the tallest aerial appliance ever used by the Brigade and on its eight-wheeled chassis it was also the biggest.

The current aerial platform vehicles can reach heights of over 105ft (32m) and have an articulating arm that can navigate over obstacles, providing a secure location from which a firefighter can operate.

Technical information

  • Crew: two or three firefighters
  • Equipment: 110ft (33.5m) hydraulic extending platform, 110ft (33.5m) secondary fixed ladder. rescue lines, breathing apparatus
  • Speed: 50mph
  • Engine: Volvo
  • Fuel: diesel
  • Manufacturers: Volvo


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