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Water Carrier


K286 FSO is an Ex-Grampian Fire and Rescue Service water carrier manufactured by Whale Tankers on a Scania 93M-280 chassis. It has total a capacity of 7500 litres and due to the fact it has no pumping capabilities carries an inflatable 'dam', into which water is emptied into and pumped out by other appliances. The appliance is the oldest operational appliance in Scotland and third oldest in the UK.

The vehicle is stationed at Buckie Fire Station and is operated on a retained duty basis. The chassis was originally from a turntable ladder with the Grampian Fire Brigade but was later salvaged converted into a water carrier by Whale Tankers after it was involved in a rollover RTC in Aberdeen City Centre.


(unknown) 1993: A new turntable ladder is manufactured by Angloco for Grampian Fire Brigade, it has a 'day-glo' livery and is allocated to Aberdeen Central Fire Station.

(unknown) 2000?: The turntable ladder is involved in a rollover RTC in Aberdeen City Centre, it is damaged beyond repair and the chassis is salvaged.

(480) 2002: The salvaged chassis is transformed into a water carrier by Whale Tankers (and repainted to a white Grampian livery). The appliance is allocated to Buckie Fire Station.

(R22W6) 2016: Following the 2013 amalgamation of all eight Scottish fire and rescue services the appliance callsign is updated to a national standard.


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