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1939: First fire truck

In 1912, Scania-Vabis delivered this fire truck to Norrköping, Sweden. It was equipped with a 4-cylinder, 60 hp engine. Maximum speed was 40 km/h. Another unit delivered in 1914 remained in service until 1940, and so did one ordered by the city of Helsingborg in southwest Sweden in 1915. One vehicle delivered to Södertälje in 1919 was notable for its advanced and unique all-wheel-drive system. It featured separate propeller shafts driving via universal joints at each front wheel. Another unusual trait was the organ-type siren mounted in the exhaust tailpipe and driven by exhaust gases. Fire engines have since been part of Scania’s product range on all continents.

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