- Oakham and Uppingham
John Clark kindly sent this photograph of his Father, Harold Clark, standing
in front of the 1938 Oakham and Uppingham Dennis Fire Appliance. He was
Captain of that unit at the time. John remembers as a child sitting in that
fire engine too. He made contact with us by shear chance and became aware
that the appliance in question is in good hands with one of our members,
Dr Barry Hutchinson.
- Harold Clark
Barry Hutchinson takes up the story of this wonderful Dennis Fire Engine
- Dennis Light Four - FP 3564
- FP 3564 is a Dennis Light Four Pump Escape manufactured in 1938 to
an order from the Oakham and Uppingham Districts Joint Fire Brigade in
the County of Rutland. It is fitted with a 50' Merryweather Escape Ladder
and a Dennis No.2 main pump. There is a first aid tank of 50 gallons for
the hose reel. The engine is a 4 cylinder Dennis 'C' type sidevalve unit
with a capacity of just over 4 litres. This engine was used extensively
in all Dennis's of the 21/2 ton to 5 ton chassis range of this period.
It was also fitted to the Dennis trailer pump of which several thousand
were made for war time use. In the fire engine application a twin plug
head was fitted with the plugs being supplied either by a coil ignition
circuit or by a magneto. This gave extra reliability.
FP 3564 has the feel of a 'modern' appliance. It has a top speed of 55-60mph
and has good brakes. It has been on trips from Northumberland to London/Brighton,
Guildford and Wroughton covering many thousands of miles without any problems.
- Here we see FP 3564 still on the run after 28(!) years
inside Uppingham Fire station in July 1966. The second electrically operated
bell has not yet been fitted, although the aerial for the VHF communication
radio can clearly be seen. These pictures came from a retired Sub-Officer
from Uppingham, who wrote;
"I have recently celebrated my 75th. Birthday and as a present
from my son, I received a copy of the 'Gatefold Book of Fire Engines'. I
was very surprised to find that a Rutland appliance was included, and delighted
that it was "NELLIE", the Uppingham machine, which I drove on
many occasions to incidents in this area. I was a retained Fireman at Uppingham
for almost 30 years between 1955 and 1984."
- In the picture above taken in 1996 FP 3564 is shown outside
Oakham Fire Station with the current Dennis pumping appliance which is
at least 50 years younger.
- When the new Uppingham fire station was opened in the early
60's the feature shown above appeared in the 'Fire' magazine. FP 3564 is
seen parked in the appliance bay on the right hand side.
- When in preservation FP 3564 did not have a trouble free
life. This photograph shows the aftermath of an engine fire.
- FP 3564 is now available as a wonderfully detailed model
produced by Yatming of China.
- Dennis's I have known
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