KHS 842 Dennis

KHS 842 Dennis


Appliance Registration Make / Model Type Current Vehicle Status
KHS 842
F8 Major Pump


KHS 842 was one of six Dennis F8 Fire Appliances bought by Western Area Fire Brigade.

Purchased in 1956 it had bodywork by Dennis Bros of Guilford as opposed to bodywork by Miles. It was classed as a Major Pump and was fitted with a Dennis No. 2 pump.

Over 150 of these appliances were built at the Dennis Brothers premises at Guildford in Surrey.

This appliance spent all of its days in Gourock at the old station in Royal Street and also at the replacement station in George Road.

The six ton vehicle is powered by a six cylinder Rolls Royce B60 six-cylinder engine of 4.25-litres capable of delivering 122bhp at 4,000rpm..

Transmission is through a four speed gearbox, dry plate clutch and bevel rear axle; braking is servo hydraulic. The rear-mounted Dennis No. 2 pump can deliver 500 gallons per minute and the equipment is completed by a 200-gallon first aid tank and a 35-foot Ajax ladder.

A Coventry Climax/Godiva lightweight portable pump is also carried. This has an output of 350 GPM (1575 l/m). This pump is known popularly as the Featherweight Pump (it took four men just to lift it!)

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