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Fire engine's last call is to museum

December 23, 2009

Dounreay’s specialist fire engine has been called out for the last time - to head for a new life in a museum for historic vehicles.

The graphex fire tender was one of a pair specially built to fight liquid metal fires at the former nuclear research centre.

They became surplus to requirement when the bulk of the liquid metal at the site was successfully destroyed.

The last of the vehicles was gifted to the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Preservation Group.

The group is the largest organisation dedicated to preserving fire appliances in Scotland, with a large collection of vintage fire engines restored by a dedicated band of volunteers.

Members of the group travelled to Dounreay to collect the graphex tender.

“We are absolutely delighted with this significant addition to our historical fleet of fire appliances, and are in no doubt the interest it will create at the public events we attend,” said the group’s Bob James.

“We would like to express our gratitude to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd for the donation of this truly remarkable fire appliance.”

DSRL heritage officer James Gunn is pictured handing over the keys to Bob James, while other members of the group look on.

The group plans to restore the tender to its original condition and show it at various displays next summer.
 

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