R58 DUS Volvo FL10 Hydraulic Platform
The SS263 Hydraulic Platform mounted on this vehicle was manufactured by Simon Engineering of Dudley, West Midlands on 26/c/1961 with a serial number of SS263/34859, and in 1983, under a Fire Service replacement programme, was initially mounted on a Shelvoke & Drewery WY chassis, vehicle registration number B870AGD, owned by Strathclyde Fire Brigade, and stationed at Maryhill Fire Station in Glasgow from 1983 until 1997.
In 1997 the Shelvoke & Drewery WY chassis was condemned as no longer fit for purpose, and the Hydraulic Platform was rebuilt onto this present vehicle R58DUS, which is a Volvo FL10 chassis with a Volvo 9.6 ltr. engine with bodywork by GB Fire, whose factory closed in Sept 2015, and first appeared at a truck show at Ingleston, Edinburgh on 3rd August 1997. It was stationed at Ayr Fire Station until being retired from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service in 2007 and placed on the reserve list. At some point shortly afterwards the vehicle was sold to a firm of Irish Tree Surgeons and eventually turned up at Wilson’s Auctioneers, Dalry in 2015, where it was purchased by Heritage Trust member Mr. Eric Carberry.
R58DUS is now privately owned by Mr. J McNab and Mrs. D McNab of Irvine in Ayrshire as of May 2017, and as they are both members of Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Heritage Trust the vehicle is regularly displayed at Charity Events throughout West/Central Scotland. The 6×4 vehicle, complete with Hydraulic Platform, weighs 26 tonnes. The SS263 Booms reach a height of 85 feet (25.908 meters) when fully extended.