066 Driver Training Vehicle



Driver Training Vehicle A.K.A. Salamander Driver Training Vehicle 

The Salamander fire tender by Alvis came about to fulfill a need for a fast response all terrain fire crash vehicle. The need came about because of the introduction of high speed jet aircraft in Military and civilian use meant a change in the pattern of high speed accidents during take off and landing. An important development of this kind of incident was the need for foam flame retardant delivered quickly to the scene. The Driver Training Vehicle was used to tutor candidates in the use, on and off road of this six wheeler.

I like Uhu glue for assembly. Dennis prefers plastic weld.

The following from Wikipedia –

The Alvis Salamander, a six-wheel drive airport crash tender with off-road capabilities, developed in 1956. It was designated the Mk.6 fire tender by the Royal Air Force.

It shares the same common Alvis six-wheel-drive chassis and other components with the FV 601 Saladin armored car and FV 603 Saracen armored personnel carrier. In turn it led to the FV 620 Stalwart load carrier which was derived from the Salamander. (also available)

The Driver Training Vehicle is a version of this fine vehicle. Three were built and they were known as FV653 (the Salamander was FV651) and were all based at No 4 School of Mechanical Transport at RAF St Athan. This is a bit of local interest to the DTV for me, I lived my childhood less than 10 miles from St.Athan and attended the air shows there. I think they were all finished in RAF Blue, not red or green. I believe the interior would have been finished in cockpit green.

The first Salamander now on display at the Fire Museum in Scunthorpe. North Lincolnshire, it was previously housed at RAF Scampton, the home of the Red Arrows.

For further information on the salamander and other RAF Fire vehicles visit

Museum of RAF Firefighting, 14 Billet Lane, Normanby Enterprise Park, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 9YH

Phone 01522 730198  –  Email enquiry@firemuseum.uk

Additional information

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 100 × 200 × 54 mm

1:35, 1:48, 1:56 28mm


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