Fire engines for sale by sealed-bid tender
Volvo FL617

The Volvo FL617 is pictured. Click on the pictures below to see larger pictures and details of each vehicle, and here for a document containing details of all five.


27 February 2011

Three fire engines which were until recently in active service are being offered for sale by Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.

They have reached the end of their working lives as front-line appliances and been replaced, and are to be sold by sealed-bid tender. They are among five vehicles which are being sold next month.

The first fire engine is a 1996-registered Emergency One-built ERF EC8 with Saxon crew cab, Cummins engine, Allison automatic gearbox with integral retarder, and Godiva GMA fire pump. It finished its service at Broughton Fire Station

The second is an almost identical 1996-registered ERF EC8 which was last in service at Buckingham Fire Station.

The third is a 1993-registered Emergency One-built Volvo FL617 with Volvo automatic gearbox, Telma retarder and Godiva fire pump. It completed its service at Amersham Fire Station before being used as a training vehicle.

Also up for sale are a 1992-registered Volvo FL614 14-tonne box body which has been used as a community safety vehicle, and a 1990-registered Iveco-Ford 4x4 most recently in service at Newport Pagnell Fire Station, where it towed the rescue boat.

The bidding closes at 10am on Friday 18 March 2011, and offers will be accepted on official tender documents only. Prospective buyers are advised to inspect the vehicles before submitting a bid.

The money raised will be used to help buy new fire engines. Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is gradually standardising and modernising its fleet, which is leading to reduced servicing and training costs.

New fire engines, when fully equipped with ladders, hoses and other equipment, cost around £250,000.

For further information or tender documents, please contact Carole Griffiths on 01296 744614 (line open from 9am on Monday 28 February) or email