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1969 REO - M35A2 6x6 Airport Fire Truck
Military Vehicle Photos
No: 10989   Contributor: Stephen Prosser   Year: 2003   Manufacturer: REO   Country: England
1969 REO - M35A2 6x6 Airport Fire Truck

Seen at the Lamport Steam Rally, Northamtonshire, England in May 2003.
I truck is ex-military and May be ex US Marine Corp as I understand they sometimes painted their vehicles grey.
Picture added on 19 September 2013 at 12:13
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Very interesting vehicle! Hope this helps' Prior to 1941 there was no class of US Army fire fighters (included US Army Air Force) All fire fighters were civilians.
In 1941 December 4th this was all transferred to the Army Corp of Engineers. They set up and trained Army Engineer Fire Fighting Detachments. Later in 1943 were added Army Engineer Aviation Fire Fighting Platoons.
These came to the UK and manned USAF bases. This vehicle looks like a direct follow-on to the "Class" of Fire Fighting vehicles they used Class 135 (4x4) and class 150 (6x6). The Engineers continued as Fire Fighters after the war so this could be an Army Engineers Aviation Platoon vehicle. Wether by 1969 this had changed to USAF manning I don't know. You could try www.firetrucks.mil-fire.net and contact Jim Davis an ex-Engineer Fire Fighter and now Historian of the AEFFP's. To whom I am grateful for every scrap of information I have on the subject.
QUESTION: Where is this unit now (Oct 2013) PLEASE!

Added by Ian Lisseman (Martlesham Heath Aviation Society) on 05 October 2013.
Ian,
Many thanks for the info on US military fire fighters.
What surprised me about this vehicle was the grey colour scheme. The equipment fitted suggest it was used on airfields, but I am not sure.
I uploaded the image as the vehicle was so unusual.
Regards,
Steve

Added by Stephen Prosser on 07 October 2013.
Hi Stephen, During the war years there were different ideas on vehicle colour. they seemed to think camouflage, if seen, attracted attention! So better to "blend in" which was the Grey idea, same colour as the runway!, also the colour used by our NFS. This went on post WW2 and into the "Cold War" period and USAAF seemed to follow the trend. This vehicle would be about "cold war" vintage I think.
Then it all went red for Fire Fighting Vehicles, then green for RAF and USAAF, then yellow. Now it's back to red with various coloured chevrons etc. Nightmare for modellers trying to match a period.
Thanks for sharing the photo interesting to see the upgrades on Post War equipment.

Added by Ian Lisseman (Martlesham Heath Aviation Society) on 08 October 2013.
Ian, can I mirror Stephens thanks. A fascinating piece of history!

Added by John Stott on 08 October 2013.
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