FP3564 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.
FP3564 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 FP3564 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 FP3564 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. FP3564 is seen parked in the appliance bay on the right hand side.
FP3564 is now available as a wonderfully detailed model produced by Yatming of China