Copt Hewick Volunteer Fire Brigade -

probably the world's smallest fire brigade!


LF (Löschfahrzeuge)Löschfahrzeuge means an extinguishing machine, and an LF is a fire engine which does not carry its own water supply and so when fighting a fire it relies on hydrants or open water such as ponds or streams for a water supply.

TLF (Tanklöschfahrzeuge)a fire engine carrying its own water supply. LF and TLF are always followed by a figure, e.g. LF8, TLF16, which refers to the pumping capacity of the built-in pump in 100s of litres per minutes (lpm), and so an LF8 has a pump with a capacity of 800lpm for example, and a TLF16 a pumping capacity of 1600lpm. Often, a second figure will be given in the description of TLFs, for example, TLF16/20, the second figure referring to the quantity of water carried by the fire engine in litres. A TLF16/20, then, has a pumping capacity of 1600lpm and a tank capacity of 2000l.

RW (Rüstwagen)an emergency tender or rescue unit.

DL (Dreileihter)a turntable ladder (literally a “three-way” ladder, drei = 3, leihter = ladder). DLK refers to a turntable ladder with a rescue cage. Usually there is also a reference to the maximum height of the ladder, e.g. DLK23 is a turntable ladder with a rescue cage and a maximum extended height of 23m.

ELW (Einsatzleitungswagen) – a control unit. Again, numbers distinguish different types. An ELW1 is a small control unit often based on an estate car or 4x4, while an ELW2 is a larger unit based on a van such as the Mercedes Sprinter or a larger chassis.

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