09/13/08 49 W, 1 I - + 15 - 6 French Ladder Truck

Found this while Googling for something else. It's at a good angle and a large enough image to depict the many differences between Euro and American ladder trucks. What's the yellow box in the back, you suppose? Breathing air? Generator? Click to enlarge:  

It’s a generator. see pg. 35 http://www.elektra-drole.si/uploads/File..
RescueRanger - 09/13/08 - 21:27

Yes, it´s a generator. The ladder on the picture is from Switzerland.
Dennis (Email) - 09/14/08 - 03:30

The generator is used to operate a ventilator, light, etc.
The type of the ladder is the low version.
Dennis (Email) - 09/14/08 - 03:44

ugly cab. looks like a duck head.
lee - 09/14/08 - 22:51

Looks like the bucket would almost come down to rest in front of the cab and restrict the view.
Luke - 09/15/08 - 02:15

trying to think if there’s a reason for the elevated cab – added traction device for snow/ice banks??
cornerhydrant - 09/15/08 - 02:26

The reason for the elevated cab is very easy. Many cities in Europe and also here in Germany have castles and very small/narrow old towns. So there would be no way to come to with a regular cabin, because of their height.

A second reason of the elevated cab is the better center of mass. So the whole ladder has a better rideability during higher speed.
Dennis (Email) - 09/15/08 - 03:56

The bucket is stowed in a horizontal position for transport. Technical brochure: http://www.iveco-magirus.net/files/prosp..
Legeros - 09/15/08 - 07:35

Hello, it’s not a french ladder but from switzerland.
The yellow box is a générator.
The buider of the truck is IVECO and the builder of the ladder is MAGIRUS
David (Web Site) - 11/23/09 - 04:13

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