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John Martin’s Helicopter Bucket Trial
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No: 1720   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1984
John Martin’s Helicopter Bucket Trial

The photograph is courtesy of the family of George Dey. George took many forestry photographs in his forestry career and many are now shown on this web site. Check under ‘Groups’ and George Dey Collection.

This photograph is a follow on from the action in the previous Picture No 1719 . The filled bucket is dropped near the firemen and they are now adding some fire foam concentrate from the black drum. They are also attaching a fire hose to the hose attachment on the bottom of the bucket. The follow on dramatic images shows the helicopter and bucket high in the air with fire hose dangling down to the ground where two firemen have attached a fire foam producing basket nozzle and are spraying a line of foam on the ground.

It looks very impressive and lots of foam produced but may be a bit unwieldy and limited in among trees and bushes. Any thoughts?
Picture added on 14 March 2013
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The fire appliance in the photo is the 6-wheel Range Rover light fire appliance (Registration: UST321L) which served Northern Area Fire Brigade, Northern Fire Brigade and Highland & Islands Fire Brigade between 1973 and 1992. It was based at Inverness fire station and had the radio call sign Alpha 1-4. The appliance had a front mounted pump and was used going over rough terrain and for pumping from open water.

Leslie Mutch, BA (Hons), MSc (Merit)
Fire historian and
Master of Science (with Merit) in Fire Investigation

Added by Leslie Mutch on 24 September 2018.
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