London Fire Brigade

AEC Merryweather Regent III dual purpose appliance

These diesel powered fire engines were dual purpose, meaning they could be used as a pump or a pump escape.

They were very popular with the firefighters of the era because of their tough construction and reliability.

A large part of the Brigade's fleet throughout the 1950s and 60s consisted of the Regent III. Many continued in service well into the 1970s.

They were capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute and on some major fires achieved this over several days non-stop.

Technical information

  • Crew: four or five firefighters
  • Equipment: 17 lengths of delivery hose, suction hose, twin hose reels, branches, breathing apparatus, rescue lines, hook ladders and either a Dewhurst extension ladder or a 50ft (15m) wheeled escape with first floor ladder
  • Pumping capacity: 800-1,000 gallons per minute
  • Speed: 35-40mph
  • Engine: AEC
  • Fuel: diesel
  • Manufacturers: Merryweather and Sons


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