1938 Leyland Pump Escape BDY508
The third 1938 Leyland from Hastings is the Pump Escape, which was the way it was referred to in its early days. It would be interesting to know how many of these interesting machines were delivered by Leyland; it was available with or without doors, and it seems that one didn't have to travel far in the UK to find one in those days; many continued as First Response units for over a quarter of a century; I took these photos in either 1965 or 1966, so it may well have served for a full 30 years. Younger people may not be aware that this type of fire truck was built during what is known as Art Deco period: in the US and UK.everything was made to look futuristic and "Cool" , thus the rakish rear bodywork treatment; there were actually several versions of limousine-style available, examples of which are seen in this site.
The pumper, built on the LT3 chassis sported a six-cylinder petrol engine of 50 R.A.C. rating developing 115 bhp. According to the Leyland catalog it could carry a crew of 11---wow!; the pump was the standard for this series, 700gpm.
Picture added on 08 November 2008