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    Default The Quint hits the UK

    From time to time over the years there have been various attempts in the UK to introduce combined Aerial/Pumps without much sucess.... we all knew with the financial 'rape' of the UK Fire Service that is going on at the moment it was only a matter of time before they came along again.

    First up is Merseyside Fire Service (Liverpool) they have bought 3 of the £450,000 ($850,000) vehicles that will replace one pump and one aerial each.... yep, lose 6 vehicles and get three in replacement.

    All well and good if they were just replacing Pumps with them...but what if our quint is operating at a MVA, Rubbish fire, House fire, Hazmat...or the million other things UK Pumps attend when the aerial is required at a large job in the City. I know London are also watching this closely...god help us!!!

    I don't want to start another debate on these machines, but seeing as we don't have Ladder Companies... we just have an aerial with a Driver & Officer on... what other problems do you forsee?
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    Steve-as a Ladder operator during the best years(yes I have read your views-and agree)--what is the extended height on these things? How many riders?

    Hope the Gregory is OK-amber liquid is very soothing I believe.

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    2andFrom,
    I don't know much about them, but I am assuming they will be riding 4 or 5 like a Pumps Crew and not the two who usually ride an aerial. As far as I am aware, the photo looks like a standard 100ft Magirus ladder set with a longer Chassis to accomodate the equipment, pump (which I assume is a mid-mount) and crew cab. I wait with baited breath to see how they will fit round our tight inner city streets.
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    when all else fails.. move the building..

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    You won't get one of those down the High Street in my town...so the Chief will probably go and buy one. Another way of getting more gear but less resources to deal with multi pump incidents.
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    Humberside are buying several Steve!

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