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Introduced in 1961 on a 109" utilising a modified Series IIa chassis the Forward Control design lent it-self well to the fire engine role. Utilising its large solid platform and excellent off road capabilities to get to the action in emergency situations. Bates of Evesham FC's came into being in 1973 after being commissioned by the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade.
Unlike factory conversions the cab blended a little more seamlessly into the body of the vehicle, had a single piece windscreen, quite similar in shape to the later 90/110 screen, and a front end roughly based on the standard Land Rover of the time.
Between the years 1973 and 1978, when production ceased, approximately 52 of these machines were constructed, of which 44 were used in service with the Northern Ireland Fire Brigade.
This was found in a field near a few houses, on a random country road near donegal, as I was driving towards another location. Reading up on the history, I realise this is one of the few left out of that 52, and even less which came to fire service.
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