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Tanker 1 (Retired December 2013 - Page will be uploaded with new Tanker info shortly)

Our oldest workhorse

Macclesfield Tanker 1

Tanker 1 was given to the Macclesfield Fire Brigade in 1984 as part of the recovery and need for updated appliances following Ash Wednesday which had occurred the year before. Bristling with new designs and technology for the time the appliance has served the brigade excellently in its almost 30 year life.

This vehicle is CFA's staple, and is a do-it all truck and is definitely more than just a water tanker, see the pictures and descriptions below to see what this truck can do.

Breathing Apparatus: Macclesfield's role in the area in respect to Breathing Apparatus (See the equipment section for a detailed explanation) is to act as a relief if a large even occurs and a dedicated breathing apparatus appliance is some time away. This being the case, Macclesfield brigade carries twice the BA and cylinders than what most brigades of our size do.

Macclesfield Tanker 1

Macclesfield Tanker 1

We also utilize a spring loaded pantograph to make is significantly easier for our members to gain access to these devices, as you can imagine our trucks are quite tall. These units are designed to safely allow a user of any height to customize how they put the apparatus on (some of the older BA sets weigh 16kg!). Thankfully these device saves a lot of those problems.

As you would expect, we carry a lot of hose. This particular locker is filled with our largest hose, 64mm in diameter. These hoses are primarily used to secure water from a hydrant or to feed another appliance, and also to feed our enormous, water guzzling monitor (See the equipment page for a description of this and it's use). We also carry floats and ropes so we can pump water from a static source, such as a damn, pool or creek.

Macclesfield Tanker 1

Macclesfield Tanker 1

The rear of the tanker is where the pump and most of the outlets and controls are located. Underneath in the green canvas are roles of 38mm hose which is what is mainly used for fire fighting. The pump (located on the right hand side) is a diesel driven unit capable of outputting a very significant amount of water while also drawing water from a static supply if required.

Inside the rear locker are the various nozzles and fittings we may need to use to extinguish a fire. Adapters to make hoses bigger, smaller or divide and collect are all here, as well as 'pistol grip' nozzles with selectable flow rates (to maximize water usage if required) and larger branches (a fire fighting word for a nozzle) can be used if required, usually for large structure fires.

Macclesfield Tanker 1