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Flyer & Salvage Issue 183




    We celebrate 40 yearsof the Dennis D & F44/49 Serieswith the NSW Fire Brigades




    SEPTEMBER 2009 Issue 183

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 2

    3 WATCHROOM 18 FIRE STATION PROFILEIn this issue we feature 349 StnKurri Kurri of the NSWFB

    4 FEATURE STORY 22 UPLOADWe celebrate 40 years Collection of photos, both pastsince the introduction and present sent in by membersof Dennis enclosed cabs for everyone to enjoy

    8 RUNNING BOARDS 23 THE WORKSHOPCatch up on the latest The restorers guide. This issueclub news and recent we look at the Zenith Carbyoutings by members


    11 BLAST FROM THE PAST 26 AROUND THE GLOBEWe take a look at the past Bringing the world of firewith a collection of engines to your fingertipsvintage ads and manuals

    13 MEMBER PROFILE 27 JUNK YARDThis issue we feature HFEA Buy, swap or sellmember Ron Thorp

    15 MOTOR BAY 28 DIARY DATESIn this issue we feature the The latest in upcoming eventsDennis Ace

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 3

    Welcome to the September issue of Flyer & Salvage

    Well, hasnt two months made a difference. By now you would have noticed that the Flyer & Salvage has an exciting new look.

    I have for some time wanted to change a few things here and there and take that next step. I guess I needed that little push, this coming in the way of feedback from the recent survey, recent comments and a positive reply from our President after I sent him a draft cover.

    Thanks to everyone who was able to find time to complete the survey and send it back to me. As a result of some of the suggestions made, you will see some new sections.

    The recent celebration of 40 years of enclosed cabs withinthe NSWFB was a great success. Its the feature story in this issue. Unfortunately Nicole had booked a family trip away that clashed with this date, so I was unable to travel down to attend the day out. Luckily I was able to get the elves out to take some photos and put some pen to

    paper for the feature article of this issue.

    A little while ago, I came across a website called fire engine photos. It is run by two guys from over in Europe. It is a great site with heaps of photos from all over the world. You are able to comment on the photos and it has become a great place to find information about many of the restored appliances on the site. Guy Ellis has sent in one photo, and I have sent in a couple and even have my own contributorsspot.

    And best of all it is mainly people who are interested in fire engines, both old and new, and the negative commentators are very scarce. I have already made some great new contacts from England and Canada. So next time you are on the net, check out their website:

    And finally, I would like to thank my wife Nicole and my three little ones for the support and for putting up with me while I was trying to work out this issue and of course my obsession with the big red trucks.

    Aaron Bischoff

    WatchdeskCONTACTSPresidentGuy Ellis0414 182

    Vice PresidentsMark Hall0412 515 McDonnell0401 690

    Secretary/Public OfficerRay Kelly0458 687

    TreasurerDoug Humphreys0419 441

    Editor Flyer & SalvageAaron Bischoff044 725

    Events OfficerShane McDonnell02 4736

    RegistrarsGerard Duck02 4578 McDonnell02 4736

    Vehicle/Station RecorderBrian Blunt0412 770

    CMC DelegateBruce Cunningham02 9663

    NSWFB LiaisonRay Kelly0458 687

    NSWRFS LiaisonKeith Lang0415 497

    ABN 97 130 890 920

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 4

    Feature Story40 year celebrationsMark Hall recalls 40 years of Dennis enclosed cabs with the NSWFB

    Dennis 40thAnniversary

    1969 2009Story by Mark Hall

    No 372 ME Stowed and installed as Running Motor. 1800 hours Friday 20th June, 1969. Speedo 322 miles.

    And so began a tradition that many of us to this day remember so fondly. This day saw the first automatic fire appliance commissioned into the NSWFB fleet, the first of the purpose built, fully enclosed double cabin Dennis fire engines.

    Top Right: Shane MacDonald, Jim Hall, Chris Wallace, Guy Ellis, Mark Hall and Tom Hetherington with Toms Dennis Jag inthe engine bay at Lakemba Fire Station. Photo Mark Hall

    Bottom Right: Postcard from heaven! Guys F44, Toms, Guys and Marks D600 Jags. Photo Mark Hall

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 5

    This was followed a month later with the Flyer, Regs Rolls No 373 and this was followed by the first Jag being installed at Lakemba.

    The rest of course is history. 84 appliances in total, 12 Rolls and 72 Jags. How fitting that we had the first appliance there again on the day.

    For those of you who didnt know, I purchased No 372 in early 1985 and cared for her for nearly 23 years. She is still the best looking truck around and to see her in the No 1 engine bay at the old Headquarters was a dream fulfilled. Guy Ellis now owns 372 and I know, loves her just as much as I still do!

    Our event saw 4 Dennis motors plus Ryan Williams International arrive at Lakemba station at 1000 hours on 26th July. We were made very welcome by the crew at Lakemba and also 52 Stn Campsie visiting to show their support. An inspection and display

    followed by a cuppa and cakes made a great start to our day. We all arrived with no problems and no break-downs!

    Tom parked his newly restored Jag in Lakembas bay and a few hundred photos were taken by HFEA members, NSWFB crew and visitors plus a handful of passers by.

    Toms Jag is a credit to him. The restoration is exceptionally good and

    totally authentic. He even has Perspex covers over the pockets to keep fingers off the highly polished brass fittings.

    At 1100hrs, we headed off in convoy, lead by Guy in the Rolls and we arrived at Headquarters at exactly 1200 hrs.

    Again, we were warmly welcomed by SuperintendantPeter Stathis and the entire No 1 station crew.

    After an inspection of the Dennis motors parked outside the old station, we were all treated to a walk through the new station. This was followed by a BBQ lunch and a great chat between the members and the crews there.

    You could be forgiven for thinking that we were back in the 70s with both a

    Above: Dennis on Broadway! No its not the musical, its the HFEA convoy. This great action shot from the cab of Marks Dennis captures this once in a life time photo as three Dennis fire appliances make their way into City of Sydney Fire Station. Photo Mark Hall

    Left: Roll the clock back! Toms Dennis D600 parked in the engine bay of Lakemba Fire Station. Photo Mark Hall

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 6

    Rolls and a Jag parked proudly in the first 2 bays, and another 2 Jags lined up out the front of the old Headquarters! The pictures say it all.

    Many of the newer faces at No 1 station had never seen a Dennis Jag or Rolls and they were suitably impressed. I dont know how many of them would be able to drive them. Of course there were a handful of retired firies and senior staff who all had a few special memories of their days driving and working with them.

    All in all it was a great day for those of us that attended. A special thanks to Guy for having both of his trucks there, especially the Rolls. The firies on duty were both enthusiastic and appreciative as well.

    We know there are still a few Jags out there needing a paint, spit and polish so lets try for a few more next time! Bring on the 50th!

    Above: Ready to respond! Guys F44 Dennis. Photo Mark Hall

    Left: The business end of Mark Halls D600Dennis in the original Headquarters motor bays. Photo Mark Hall

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 7

    Above: Now and thenLakemba D platoon with HFEA members Guy Ellis, Shane McDonald, Jim Hall, Chris Wallace, Mark Hall and Tom Hetherington with their appliances at Lakemba fire Station. Photo Mark Hall

    Right: Family day out! Julie Hall, Ilse Stoecker and Fran Hall catch up with Mark Halls Dennis in the original Headquarters engine bay. Photo Mark Hall

    Below: City bound!One of the D600 Dennis fire appliances heading into the city. Photo Mark Hall

  • HFEA Sept 2009 Visit the HFEA at Page 8

    Running BoardsTimbertown Oil & Steam DayKevin Mulley livens our senses as he takes us back in time

    Kevin Mulley and the boys from Port Macquarie have again been out flying the flag, this time for the Steam and Oil weekend held at Timbertown in Wauchope.

    The weather was a little ordinary to start with but in the end turned out ok to make for a good weekend, Kevin adds.

    To add to the display of vintage fire engines belonging to HFEA members, the little J1 Bedford from Wauchope tagged along.

    Port Macquarie also attended with their pumper together with Wauchopes pumper, which was set up to allow the kids to spray some water from the first aid reel.

    Crews from the NSWFB were on hand with the kitchen fire simulator to show the dangers of fires in the home.

    Rumours suggest that the local council is again c