TURNTABLE LADDERS

 

Strathclyde inherited a number of different chassis and three makes of Turntable Ladders, namely Metz, Merryweather and Magirus. The majority of them were on AEC chassis but Glasgow Fire Service purchased Deutz 150D chassis the last of which had a cage at the head of the ladder.
The first chassis purchased by Strathclyde were Shelvoke and Drewry WY on which they mounted old ladders. They then bought French Pierreville ladders and mounted them on Shelvoke  and then a Dennis chassis. The final five ladders were of Metz manufacture and mounted on Scania chassis with 'H' type jacks. These ladders also had cages which could be fitted to the head of the ladder, and the ladder could be controlled from the cage. The cage was meant to be stowed under the ladder but was often carried fitted to the head of the ladder and if in the upright position had a tendency to catch on the bay door which it damaged but worse could bend the ladder much to the annoyance of Assistant Firemaster Gallacher.
The advantage of the Turntable Ladder is the speed with which it can be deployed at an incident and also it's ability to manoeuvre in tight spaces. The chassis is also quite small especially compared to the Aerial Ladder Platforms. You will often hear an assistance message asking for a Turntable Ladder as opposed to an Aerial as if an Aerial is requested the nearest one is sent and you don't know if you are getting a TL, HP or ALP. In some cases an ALP has been sent on only to discover it is too big to get near the job and been sent away and a TL requested.

In 1980 Strathclyde Fire Brigade bought two new Pierreville Turntable Ladders manufactured by the Canadian company, Pierreville Fire Trucks who were trying to break into the UK and European markets. The 4 section 100 foot (30Metres) all steel ladders were mounted on Shelvoke and Drewry WY 4x2 chassis by Fulton and Wylie of Irvine. In 1985 the Brigade purchased a further two of these ladders again supplied by Fulton and Wylie but this time mounted on Dennis DF133 chassis.
Strathclyde was the one and only UK brigade to purchase this make of Turntable Ladder.

There are now no Turntable Ladders in the brigade the last one was taken off the run at Clydebank on the 19th? June 2006 due to a faulty hydraulic pump and due to the high cost involved and the imminent arrival of an Aerial Rescue Pump it was not deemed economical to repair it. The TL has been given to the Strathclyde Fire Brigade Preservation Group. On Friday 25/2/2011 the keys of this TL were handed over to Islamic Relief by Strathclyde Fire and Rescue to be given to Rescue 1122 in Lahore, Pakistan. Originally based at Kilmarnock from 1989 to 1999 and then at Clydebank for the last seven years C812JGB was a Metz 100' Turntable Ladder mounted on a Scania G92M chassis with bodywork done by Angloco the Metz agent in the United Kingdom. It was the first Metz ladder to be bought by Strathclyde Fire Brigade and the first Turntable Ladder to be mounted by them on a Scania chassis. The last turnout it had was to Drumchapel in the early hours of 18th June, 2006. This was a small fire extinguished by a hose reel and the TL was not used.

 

 

Station Reg No. Make and Bodybuilder Type Stations it has been at
    Inherited by Strathclyde Fire Brigade    

Gone

MGB853

Dennis F14/Dennis/Metz

TLP

A065

Gone

514BGE

AEC Mercury/Merryweather A

TLP

B025/B065(Ladder to NHS992V)

Gone

OSD558

Commer C7/Haydon/Magirus

TL

D025(Ladder to XGG732S)

Gone

RHS180

AEC Mercury/Merryweather A

TLP

C045(Ladder to NHS993V)

Gone

1BVA

AEC Mercury/Merryweather A

TL

E015/A035/B075/Trg Sch

Gone

UMS197

Bedford TK/Haydon/Magirus

TL

F015(Ladder to XGG731S)

Gone

65KGA

AEC Mercury/Haydon/Magirus

TL

B015/B055

Gone

FGG394C

AEC Mercury/Dennis/Metz

TL

B055

Gone

FYS84C

AEC Mercury/Dennis/Metz

TL

A035

Gone

NVD217F

AEC Mercury 7/Merryweather B

TL

B065/B025 (Ergomatic Cab)

Gone

NYS26F

Deutz 150D/Bennett/Magirus

TL

A015

Gone

PUS920F

Deutz 150D/Fulton & Wylie/Magirus

TL

A045/A055

Gone

VGG291H

Deutz 150D/Fulton & Wylie/Magirus 100

TL

A075 (Tower Ladder/Cage)

    Purchased by Strathclyde Fire Brigade    

Gone

XGG731S

Shelvoke WY/Carmichael/Magirus

TL

F015/DO (ladder ex UMS197 New cab RTA)

Gone

XGG732S

Shelvoke WY/Carmichael/Magirus

TL

D025/B085/A035/DO Ladder ex OSD558

Gone

NHS992V

Shelvoke WY/G&T/Merryweather B

TL

B015/B055/Sold (Ladder ex 514BGE)

Gone

NHS993V

Shelvoke WY/G&T/Merryweather A

TL

C045/Trg Sch/Sold (Ladder ex RHS180)

Sold

PGA310V

Shelvoke WY/F&W/Pierreville

TL

E015/Sold

Sold

PGB355V

Shelvoke WY/F&W/Pierreville

TL

A075/A01 spare/Sold

Sold

B623AGE

Dennis DF133.Fulton & Wylie/Pierreville

TL

A015/RTA/Sold

Gone

B730BYS

Dodge G16/Merryweather XRL30

TL

B025/Re-possessed

Sold

B826DGA

Dennis DF133/Fulton & Wylie/Pierreville

TL

A055/Trg Sch/E015/Sold

Preserved

C812JGB

Scania G92M/Angloco/Metz

TL

D025/F015/Gifted to SFBPG August 2006/Donated to Rescue1122 Lahore by SFR 25/2/2011

Gone

D549RGG

Scania G92M/Angloco/Metz

TL

C045/Gone

Sold

E704WGB

Scania G92M/Angloco/Metz

TL

F015/Sold

Sold

E991WNS

Scania G92M/Angloco/Metz

TL

B025/B055/Gone

Sold

F204FHS

Scania G93M-250/Angloco/Metz

TL

A015/B075/Sold

 

Photos of Turntable Ladders

 

 

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