Jupiter is the main fire engine of the Pontypandy Fire Station. It is driven to emergencies mostly by Fireman Sam, though the other firefighters have driven it as well.
- 1 Description
- 2 Episodes Elvis drove Jupiter
- 3 Episodes Penny drove Jupiter
- 4 Episodes Ellie drove Jupiter
- 5 Episodes Station Officer Steele drove Jupiter
- 6 Episodes Chief Fire Officer Boyce drove Jupiter
- 7 Episodes Flex Dexter drove Jupiter
- 8 Trivia
The pride of the Pontypandy Fire Service, Jupiter is always on hand to attend all manner of disasters. Expertly driven by Sam and the crew, Jupiter is a welcome sight to anyone in trouble. Always clean and shiny, Jupiter's bright red paintwork and flashing blue lights are a clear sight that help is on the way.
Episodes Elvis drove Jupiter
- Sam's Day Off
- What Goes Up
- Steele Under Par
- High Jinx
- Blow Me Down
- Poorly Penny
- Pontypandy Pioneers
- The Great Fire of Pontypandy
- Lighthouse Lock Out
- To Outfox a Fox
- The Return of Norman-Man
- Heroes of the Storm
- The Break Up
- Alien Alert
- Set For Action!
Episodes Penny drove Jupiter
- Deep Trouble for Sam
- Ice Cold in Pontypandy (Reversing only)
- The Return of Norman-Man
- Cadet Catastrophe
- Set For Action! (Poster only)
Episodes Ellie drove Jupiter
- Fiery Football
- Big Top Norman
- Set For Action!
Episodes Station Officer Steele drove Jupiter
- Castles and Kings
- Shape Up and Shine
Episodes Chief Fire Officer Boyce drove Jupiter
- Boyce will be Boyce
Episodes Flex Dexter drove Jupiter
- Set For Action!
- Jupiter was based on a Bedford TK water tender and could ‘just’ seat up to five people
- Between series 1-3 Jupiters siren was a Whelen Alpha style siren, although no emergency services used this siren until the mid 90s
- In Series 4, the siren tone was lowered.
- Jupiter also had two-tone horns which were only used in Flat Tyre, they are seen either side of the siren
- The lockers contained various random equipment:
- a hose-reel in the rear locker (occasionally other equipment such as a gas detector).
- a CO2 extinguisher, leggings & boots, a shovel, roll of hose and stirrup pump in the middle locker
- in the front locker, they contained an axe, bucket and tarpaulin sheet on the one side and a rope, traffic cones, hard suction hose and a tire repair kit on the opposite
- the pump bay contained a hose-reel switch, pressure lever, two low pressure outlets, two rolls of lay-flat hose and a valveless branch pipe. To the right of the pump bay is the “candy cane” style water level
- there were 2 ladders; a roof ladder (used in Home From Rome) and a standard 9M ladder
- the left side lockers were only used in Snow Business and Flat Tyre.
- Jupiter's call sign was "Jupiter 999".
- Jupiter is now an aerial rescue pump and is loosely based on a Volvo FL6 (retaining the front end of the Bedford TK) and can seat three people.
- The lockers in Jupiter now contain various items and differ in most episodes:
- on the right, the hoses, the main pump bay and the extinguishers.
- on the left, the hoses, the jaws of life, another pump bay, and a bucket of sand.
- at the rear is the elevating ladder controls and a short extension ladder.
- Jupiter now has a hydraulic platform fitted but still retains a short extension ladder
- The siren was replaced with old the two tone horns.
- Jupiter has two blue rotating beacons, and two flashing lights above the grille
- Jupiter's front end is taken from the Volvo FL6 which got modified with new headlamps, a yellow strip and two strobe lights on either side.
- Apart from Sam; Elvis, Penny, Chief Fire Officer Boyce, Ellie and Station Officer Steele have also driven Jupiter to emergencies on many occasions. Steele has also driven it in some of the storybooks from 1990's.
- Jupiter used to have a number plate registration J 999, until it was removed from 2003 onwards along with the other vehicles in the series for unknown reasons.
- Between Series 1-4, Jupiter had four wheels. Since Season 5, it has had six wheels.
- In Series 5 and Paper Plane Down, the striping at the rear was in an upside down V style. Since afterwards, it's been reversed to a V shape
- In Series 10 Jupiter has four noticeable upgrades: the new fire service logos painted on, a new strobe light pattern, the same touch screen system as the Map-screen 700 fixed into the cab and a new interior.
- Since Series 10, Station Officer Steele gets to drive Jupiter.
- In Series 10, the logos on the cab are phosphorescent (can glow in darkness).
- Arnold and Jerry Lee are the only ones so far who have yet to drive Jupiter.
- In Series 11, The blue lights at the rear were fixed
- In Series 11, The lockers have more detail.
- Jupiter's elevating ladder has a water cannon for putting out fires from above, it was only used in A Real Live Wire, Pizza Palaver & Magic Norman
- Jupiter's short extension ladder is only used in Firefighter of Tomorrow & Model Plane
- Jupiter is parked in the second bay of the New Fire Station.
- As Jupiter 2000, there are some of the following that is modified:
- A yellow flame decal is surrounded on the front end.
- A new siren light bar (with the new traditional wail/yelp siren from the Tonka Toughest Minis fire truck) is covered in two lights.
- Six strobe lights are added on the front end.
- A lattice frame is attached on the windshield.
- Mudguards are mounted over the wheels
- Crown plated exhaust pipes are placed under the lockers.
- A black snowplow with orange wasp stripes is added under the bumper.
- Jet engines are covered on the sides
- The platform has two water cannons.
- Jupiter has a 200hp l6 turbo diesel engine with a top speed of 75mph & weighs 15 tonnes
- OMC Electronics made a Fireman Sam Kiddie ride in 1993 which is based off the Jupiter from the Original Series with Sam, Elvis and Station Officer Steele inside and 3 Buttons. It plays the Fireman Sam theme tune and the emergency theme.
- In 1998, Mitchells Children Rides (formerly R.G. Mitchell) re-made the Fireman Sam kiddie ride with a new Dashboard, and Penny took Station Officer Steele's Place.
- In some episodes, such as Danger Falling Sheep and The New Hero Next Door, the water cannon on Jupiter’s platform is missing.
- In some shots in Series 6-7, some paint apps and Jupiter's logos are missing and some locker doors are wide open.