05/17/08 33 W, 1 I - + 12 - 8 Ladder 1


With his body wedged low against the smokehouse, and with a parking sign still in the frame, a 17-85mm lens was just wide enough for this decent shot. Click to enlarge:





Perhaps I am biased as a Raleigh firefighter, but Ladder 1 has to be one of the nicest looking trucks around!
RFD574 - 05/17/08 - 20:11

no bias needed. It is probably the nicest looking rig in the area.
CFP 7021 (Email) - 05/17/08 - 20:38

Say what you want…Pierce does make some nice looking trucks.
DJ (Email) - 05/17/08 - 21:13

Ladder 1 (delivered as Truck 1) will be remembered as a "classic" around here.

I still remember the day it was delivered. I took my son down to see it at KTC. Have some great pics of him with the headsets on.

I was giddy. A Raleigh FF (off-duty), came by to see it. He said, "Harkey, calm down, it’s just a fire truck."

"Nah, man. It’s much more than that."

Ask Wilson about driving it. I think he followed it around for the first couple of months…..

And the Raleigh FF mentioned above is now a Captain on Ladder One. The next time I see him, I need to ask him if he still thinks of it as "just a fire truck….."
harkey (Email) (Web Site) - 05/18/08 - 08:49

You knew this was coming… so how many tillers have operated in NC, period?

Asheville
Early motorized

Charlotte
Early motorized
1970s Ward LaFrance

Durham
Early motorized

Fayetteville
1950s ALF 700

Greensboro
Early motorized

Raleigh
1916 ALF 17
1939 ALF 500 /1916 ALF 17
1958 ALF 700
1979 Mack / 1958 ALF 700
2004 Pierce XT

Rocky Mount
1910s ALF
1956 ALF 700
2000s Pierce

Wendell
1979 Mack / 1958 ALF (ex-Raleigh)

Wilmington
Early motorized
1960s ALF

Winston-Salem
Early motorized
1950s ALF (?)
Legeros - 05/18/08 - 10:47

Dosen’t seem like there have been many. I always thought we were missing out down here. There were lots of them in Maryland when I was there and we could put them in a lot of places that rear-mounts could not hope to get into.
DJ (Email) - 05/18/08 - 11:07

Doesn’t High Point Currently operate one?
Rauer - 05/18/08 - 11:11

Actually, they do. I think their’s is pretty much like RFD’s, and if memory has not failed me, was delivered just before RFD’s.
DJ (Email) - 05/18/08 - 11:13

High Point’s came in just before Raleigh. Very similar. The High Point unit is on a Dash, Raleigh is an Arrow XT. They have a light tower on the cab. Their tiller cab is painted out white, vs red for Raleigh. They may also have an extended front bumper. It is assigned to Ladder 2.
jeff harkey (Email) - 05/18/08 - 12:29

High Point had a 1970’s Seagrave tiller.

And yeah, I got to drive the RFD tiller shortly after it came in!!
lee - 05/18/08 - 13:28

I wish we had 3 more….
Silver - 05/18/08 - 14:09

List o’ tillers moved to dedicated posting, for ease of updates: http://www.legeros.com/ralwake/photos/we..
Legeros - 05/18/08 - 17:55

Mike the 50’s Winston-Salem tiller is a Seagrave which is now owned by a ex Winston-Salem fireman who is restoring it.
Rod Warner (Email) - 05/18/08 - 19:06

The Winston tiller is a 1950’s Seagrave Nellie belle ( noted for the fed firebrand in the nose) and a V-12 waukesha engine, The retired fireman is restoring it and will be used for a parade piece
Clay Simmons - 05/18/08 - 22:41

Ah…the sound of the old Waukesha and Hall-Scott gas burners. The Detroit 6V71 and 8V71 engines sound good, but the raw POWER of the old, big gas burners…
DJ (Email) - 05/19/08 - 07:59



  
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