Most agencies have a parade unit, either an antique unit that has been restored or a vintage unit that has outlived it's usefulness but is unique or well preserved. Usually, they are fire engines as opposed to ladder trucks, squads or other vehicle. Every once in a while, you mights see a jeep or a chief's buggy that has been restored.
I ran into a vintage ladder truck the other day, this one a Seagrave. It was at a St. Patrick's day fundraiser and as it had just arrived, they were spiffing it up as we walked by. I didn't get any info on it, but I believe it may be a "City Service Truck", as it did not have an aerial ladder.
Of course, I had to take some photos. (click to enlarge)
As the lighting was off and the venue not to my liking, I focused on detail.
You don't see these life nets much anymore, and if you do, they are usually hanging on a wall. Engines didn't have the room, so they were carried on truck companies. I don't think anybody uses them, they don't have the staffing and don't want the liability. Like the pompier ladder, the life net is now a museum piece.
A well full of ladders, all wood.
Wooden ladders down both side of this truck as well. Look at the grain on the rung of this ladder, it is beautiful wood.
This is something that I have never seen before, a wooden folding attic ladder. It folds just like the aluminum attic ladders that we use, it just happens to be made of wood. Again, beautiful grain and texture.
If any of you happen to work for an agency that uses wooden ladders, are your attic ladders wooden as well?
I was fortunate to be able to run across this truck, it was quite photogenic. If I ever find out any details on it, I'll pass them along. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend, I am back at work, but enjoyed my break.
Thanks for reading,
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