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LDV Maxus Fire Engine
Andy Brind from Bush Fire (left) takes delivery from LDV’s SVO sales manager, Gary Nash

LDV has demonstrated its bespoke manufacturing skills by turning a Maxus chassis-cab into a one-of-a-kind miniature fire engine that will help save lives around the south-east.

The vehicle has been supplied to Bush Fire, a Middlesex-based fire protection engineering company, which will use the vehicle to test dry riser systems in high rise buildings.

The metallic silver fire van is based on a 2.8-tonne short-wheelbase Maxus chassis cab. It was designed ands built by LDV’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) department, and special equipment includes a 1,000-litre water tank, pressurised water pump, hose pipes and fire extinguishers, all accessible behind roller shutter doors.

Bush Fire provides companies with a service to test the effectiveness of dry riser systems in order to meet the requirements of insurance companies and fire and licensing authorities. The procedure ensures all fire safety equipment is functioning correctly should a fire occur.

Bush Fire’s Andy Brind explains. “Most fire protection companies usually use old fire engines to do this, but we wanted a unique, purpose built vehicle that was much smaller and could operate far more effectively in confined city centre locations. “We briefed LDV to design what is essentially a mini fire engine. The SVO team were brilliant, we knew what we wanted and they enhanced our ideas and provided a quick and professional service.”

The Maxus vehicle was also modified to include scene lights on the side and low level mark lighting at the back to illuminate the working area. Gary Nash, sales manager of LDV’s SVO department, says: “This recent project clearly demonstrates the capabilities of the SVO department in delivering highly unique Maxus vehicles.”

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