Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are a number of questions that people often ask us, ranging from dimensions of fire vehicles for architects designing buildings to how to restore treasured old Dennises. We hope the answers below are of help to you.
- Question 1: What is the size of a fire engine?
The maximum width of a fire appliance is 2.55 metres, excluding wing mirrors.
The approximate height of a fire appliance is 4 metres.
The approximate length of a fire appliance is 8.5 metres
The approximate wheelbase of a fire appliance is between 3.8 and 4.2 metres
The maximum turning circle of a fire appliance is 55 feet.
An average fire appliance is likely to weigh between 12 and 14 tonnes
- Question 2: How many fire engines are there in the UK?
There are approximately 3500 front line fire appliances in the United Kingdom.
- Question 3: What is the most popular paint for a fire engine?
The most popular shade of red is Post Office Red (BS381c538)
- Question 4: How can private owners buy a fire engine?
Contact the Fire Engine Preservation Society for information on how to register and run a fire appliance?
- Question 5: How can I convert an old fire engine?
Contact South East Coachworks of Faversham, Kent www.southeastcoachworks.com who may be able to help you. 01795 534888
- Question 6: What is the turning circle of a fire engine?
The maximum turning circle of a fire engine is 55 feet.
- Question 7: How much does a fire engine cost?
The average cost of an ordinary fire engine is between £150,000 and £200,000.
- Question 8: Does JDC make bodies for vehicles other than fire vehicles?
Yes, JDC has produced a wide variety of vehicle bodies over the years.
- Question 9: Can I tour the factory where you make fire engines?
Unfortunately, owing to health & safety restrictions we have had to stop giving tours of the factory.
- Question 10: Can I arrange to get a ride in a fire engine?
See our shop for details.
- Question 11: I have recently purchased an old Dennis fire engine and need parts or information, can you help?
All Dennis fire engines manufactured before 1985 were produced by Dennis Specialist Vehicles. They can be contacted through www.alexander-dennis.co.uk