Preservation Through Operation

WGA 714H

14th April 1970 Registered to Glasgow Fire Service

May 1975 Registered to Strathclyde Fire Brigade

1976 to 1980 Stationed at B02 Govan (on the run then as a spare appliance)

1981 Stationed at F24 Dunoon

1982 Appliance taken out of Service

16th June 1983 Donated to Lothian and Borders Museum

June 1984 Restored at Hawick Fire Station

Early 1987 Sent to brigade workshops with a misfire and starter motor fault

Moved to the Old Bathgate Fire Station whilst a decision was made regarding the vehicle’s future as the estimated cost to replace the starter motor was found to be in the region of £700

1991 Moved to Dalkeith Fire Station awaiting disposal

23rd August 1991 Purchased by tender by Donald McCulloch

Until October 1994 The vehicle was stored at West Calder Farm

Until February 1998 The vehicle was moved and stored at Lothian and Borders Fire Museum Store

November 2000 Moved back to West Calder Farm

November 2000 to November 2001 Stored at Ingliston Farm

11th November 2001 Moved to Irvine

After the success of the three Mark 1 Scooshers Glasgow Fire Service decided they would be an asset in other parts of the city where size and weight wouldn’t be restricted. As a result they designed a larger and heavier Scoosher, the Mark 2.

The Mark 2 was on a Dennis F46A chassis with a Rolls Royce B81 engine which had 8 cylinders giving the 6.5 litre petrol engine 235 BHP. With its increased power the appliance was able to reach 30 mph in 13 seconds. The Mark 2 also has a Dennis No. 3 pump mounted at the rear but the output had been increased to 1000 gallons per minute.

This pump was capable of supplying all at once the monitor, hose reel or delivery outlets or any one or two. The Water Tank was increased in capacity to 300 gallons and was made from fibreglass. The pump could take a deep lift or a supply from a hydrant.

Body work on the Mark 2 was once again supplied by J. C. Bennett. The booms were again from Simon Engineering but much heavier this time and it was a full 360 degree turntable which was mounted over the rear axle with the knuckle joint over the cab.

This time the Lacon Ladder was bolted to the left hand side of the booms and couldn’t be removed although the ladder could be extended by a hydraulic winch by switching the hydraulic source for the monitor to the winch. The ladder was not to be used free standing as in a Turntable Ladder but the head had to rest against a building before it could be climbed.

The ladder was able to reach a height of 53 feet. The booms could reach a height of 45 feet with an outreach of 37 feet. There were stabilising jacks on each side just behind the rear wheels.

At the head of the booms there was a remote controlled 1 inch Angus Fog Nozl 4NAP branch which could be moved in a 175 degree horizontal arc and a 270 degree vertical arc.

There was also an infrared heat detector which sounded a bell at the controls when it detected a fire. A bayonet like spike was fitted at the head which could be used to break a window and it protruded in front of the equipment to stop the equipment getting damaged as this spike stopped it hitting walls or any other obstructions.

Equipment carried is the same as any other Glasgow pump with the exception of the hose which is stowed in wire baskets (same as the mark 1) with 1¾ inch hose in 75 or 120 foot lengths.

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