I haven't seen a lot of photos of fire Jeeps in the Netherlands, but the ones I have run across are very interesting. Maybe just because they are different from most of the Willys conversions in North America, and maybe also because the photos I've seen don't reveal all the details, so there's still some mystery involved.
W. Schuitema found this photo of a unique conversion by Van Bergen, based on a CJ-3B assembled at the Nederlandse Kaiser-Frazer factory in Rotterdam (see NEKAF Jeeps in the Netherlands.) Dutch Jeep historian Jan Hogendoorn believes this was probably the only such vehicle that came off Van Bergen's assembly line in Heiligerlee in the Groningen area. It did not actually go into service in the Netherlands, but was sold to a fire department in Turkey. The windshield frame is already labelled for Balikesir, a city in a beautiful agricultural area of northwest Turkey, where Europe meets Asia. (Also on The CJ3B Page, see a history of Jeeps in Turkey.)
NEKAF decided to advertise Van Bergen's conversion as their own product, just as Willys did for Jeep fire engines built by Howe or General in the U.S., but apparently they didn't have any success in generating further orders.
This photo is from a mid-1950's NEKAF ad (100K JPEG). Some of the Dutch text reads: "The 'Jeep' offers unlimited possibilities! Willys Jeep is famous the world over -- with good reason. Everywhere, always and for anything the Jeep is useful. So he is in use by fire brigades -- all over the world -- and has proved invaluable in many places. This strong, economical and safe Jeep with the famous 4-wheel-drive is now a Dutch product and is being assembled in the Netherlands by the Ned. Kaiser Frazer Fabrieken Ltd."
Here are a couple of other interesting and slightly mysterious fire Jeeps found in the Netherlands and photographed for Historical Fire Engines Europe (which also has a number of other Willys Jeeps in its photo database.) This photo by G.P. Koppers shows a Willys M606 or possibly a VIASA military CJ-3B from Spain, converted to pull a pump trailer for the fire brigade in Baarn, Netherlands.
W. Schuitema photographed this impressive unit which was in service in Joure, Netherlands and now belongs to a private collector. It's a major aftermarket conversion including hard doors and new front fenders. More information on this unit and where it might have been built is welcome.
Thanks also to W. Schuitema, Jan Hogendoorn, Adriaan Kriek and Brian Gough. -- Derek Redmond
CJ-3A Fire Service Jeeps shows a couple of CJ-3A's built by Kronenburg in the Netherlands with rear body extensions.
Return to Fire Service Jeeps on The CJ3B Page.
See also NEKAF Jeeps in the Netherlands.
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