TACR1 (Truck Aircraft Crash Rescue) Mk 1

BHP Rover 2.286cc Engine




Gallon Foam Tank

Gallon Water Tank

Gallons Overall Tank


TACR1 (Truck Aircraft Crash Rescue) Mk 1

This vehicle 28 AG 00 on display is the very first that was supplied to the RAF Fire Service
As well as carrying out Crash Line duties 28 AG 00 was deployed in 1977 to St George’s Barracks in Sutton Coalfield during the National Fireman’s Strike, (Operation Burbury) The crews acted as a B.A. team in support of 42 Marine Commando and attended some 230 incidents in a 58 day period.
It saw service at RAF units Manston, Newton and Swinderby before being sold at the end of its service. It was recovered from Lydden Motor Race Circuit in Kent were it had been used as fire & rescue truck.
During its extensive restoration it revealed eight layers of paint which included red, green and Day-Glo
The TACR1 came into service in 1972 and was the beginning of a new generation of rescue tender for the RAF Superseding the ACRT (Dry Powder) and TACT (Old type Foam). The TACR1 carried a new fire fighting media which was AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) which was pre-mixed in the tank. It also carried an Epco Hydraulic Rescue kit and a Pneumatic powered ‘Ripper Gun’
It was capable of acting in an unsupported roll on advanced airfields operating with the HARRIER aircraft with a crew of three. But would also act as the rescue truck along with major foams trucks on large Crash Lines
With the requirement for a crew of three and only a standard cab, a seating position was created at the rear of the vehicle for the third crew member whose only communication to the cab was via a voice tube. Not always popular with crew members when assigned to this vehicle!!!!
Leading Particulars:
Chassis: 4×4 Landrover
Engine: Rover 2.286cc, 4 cylinder, liquid cooled, gasoline, developing 60.5kw (81bhp) at 4,250rev/min, compression ratio 8:1
Weight laden with crew of three: 2500kgs (2.5 tons)
Foam Tank: 450 litres (100gallons) pre-mixed 27ltrs (6galls) of Fluro-chemical foam and 423ltrs (94galls) of water.
Operation: at 10bars (145psi) with jet of 18/20 metres (60/65ft) through 30m x 30mm (98ft x13/16”) hoses and spread of spray of 3mtrs (10ft) at 4mtrs (13ft) from the branchpipe.
Discharge time if applied continuously through two sidelines at 10 BARS (150PSI) is 2min 50sec



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