Airfield Crash Rescue Truck (ACRT)

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Early rescue trucks were replaced by the ACRT. Built by Foamite it was on a Landrover 109 chassis. It carried 400Ibs of dry powder as the fire extinguishing medium. At least 184 were built and it came into service in 1961 through to 1969. The last ones were built by Merryweather who took over Foamite. The ACRT was finally withdrawn from service in the early 1980’s

The airfield crash rescue truck was designed to fulfil three main functions.
1. Immediate rescue from crashed aircraft.
2. Extinguishing aircraft wheel brake fires.
3. Escorting aircraft to dispersals as a precautionary measure against taxying hazards.

Leading Particulars
Chassis: Landrover 109 series 2
Length: 14ft 7in Width: 5ft 7in Height: 8ft 3in
Ground Clearance: 8in
Total Laden Weight: 2tons 10cwt

The 400Ib dry powder was contained in 2x200Ib containers and could be operated independently. It was pressurised by nitrogen through a pressure reducing valve and then discharged through a 75ft hose.
The discharge time of one container was about 25 to 33 seconds with an effective throw of about 25 to 30ft in still air.
The ACRT was the best equipped rescue vehicle in the RAF Fire Service to date with an array of small tools to aid rescue it also was kitted out with searchlight and floodlight. Amongst this was a portable pneumatic saw which was designed for gaining access to aircraft fuselages.

The ACRT was the first of a generation of small rescue vehicles brought into service with the RAF. The TACT, TACR1 and TACR2 was to follow before the large Rapid Intervention vehicle (RIV) was introduced in the 1990’s

This ACRT was sympathetically restored by enthusiast Paul Hazell and was acquired by the Museum of RAF Fire Fighting in 2014.




Richard T and my self have been addressing concerns over noise and vibration on the ACRT. All fluids were checked, steering box and swivel housings found very low. Also transfer box oil level very low. Differentials topped up and prop shafts greased. Steering is now a...

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