London Fire Brigade

Dennis F101 pump escape

The F101 was a diesel powered dual purpose appliance, many of which were commissioned by the Brigade to replace the ageing F7 and F12 petrol appliances.

Pump escapes followed the escape vans, which had been used during the pre-war period.

Being dual purpose vehicles, they carried both a major firefighting pump plus, if required, a wheeled escape.

Like the Merryweather Regents, these were robust and very reliable machines and many lasted in service until the early 1970s.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Brigade's manpower was below strength and often pumps ran with only three crew members.

Technical information

  • Crew: three to five firefighters
  • Equipment: 17 lengths of delivery hose, two hose reels, branches, lines, suction hose, 100 gallon water tank, breathing apparatus, hook ladders, a Dewhurst extension ladder or wheeled escape with first floor ladder
  • Pumping capacity: 800-1,000 gallons per minute
  • Speed: 35-40mph
  • Engine: AEC 
  • Fuel: diesel
  • Manufacturers: Dennis Brothers


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