063 Salamander fire tender



Salamander fire tender

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. Our sister model of the 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)

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

Fire fighting equipment was provided by The Pyrene Company Limited. It could produce 7,500 gallons of foam per minute and carried a crew of 6.

125 Salamanders were built and used in the Royal Air Force (as the Alvis Salamander/Pyrene Mark 6) and the Royal Canadian Air Force. From the late 1970s on they were replaced by vehicles like the Thornycroft Nubian Pyrene Mark 7.

Additional information

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 100 × 200 × 54 mm

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


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