London Fire Brigade

Dennis hose laying lorry

Used at major fires to relay water from distant water supplies, this vehicle carried a mile of 3.5 inch hose and could lay it at approximately 20mph.

Modern hose layers have an automatic retrieval system which can recover hose when the vehicle retraces its route.

Prior to this making up used hose was a long and arduous task.

Technical information

  • Crew: two firefighters
  • Equipment: a mile of hose, hose ramps, hose bandages, hose couplings
  • Speed: 40mph (hose laying 20mph)
  • Engine: Perkins
  • Fuel: diesel
  • Manufacturers: Dennis Brothers


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