London Fire Brigade

Dennis Merryweather turntable ladder

Towards the end of the 1930s it became difficult to import the Magirus or Metz vehicles from their German manufacturers.

As a result, the Brigade turned to Merryweathers, who had been producing all steel turntable ladders for a number of years.

They had ladders with a maximum height was 100ft. The Dennis chassis was fitted with a pump, which meant the vehicle could supply its own water if necessary.

Technical information

  • Crew: two or three firefighters
  • Equipment: 100ft ladder (31m), special 120ft (37m) length of delivery hose, rescue lines, guy lines, two hook ladders
  • Pumping capacity: 350-400 gallons per minute
  • Speed: 30-35mph
  • Engine: Dennis
  • Fuel: petrol
  • Manufacturers: Dennis Brothers and Merryweather and Sons


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