01/15/10 179 W, 1 I - + 7 - 11 Who Ran Service Trucks?

Open question, who ran service trucks back in the day in North Carolina? Answer: everyone! Or at least any city or town of significant size. Many had one or more service ladder trucks, and as far back as the 1910s. Asheville, Charlotte (three?), Durham, Fayetteville (built from body of school bus!), Goldsboro, Greensboro, Hickory, Hendersonville (I think), High Point, Morehead City, New Bern, Raleigh (see prior post), Sanford, and Tarboro. To name a few. Got pictures? Send 'em and I'll compile and post.

Some quadruple combinations-- quads-- were also delivered around the state, and as late as the 1950s. Those were service trucks with pumps, versus the chemical tanks that were standard in the 1920s. Pumpers were classified as triple combinations. Adding a ladder track made a quadruple combination. Adding an aerial device made the thing a quintuple combination. Or, shortened, a quint. Now you know the rest of that story.

Below is a Seagrave quad that served New Bern and is displayed at the New Bern Firemen's Museum. See more photos.  

Cary has had a service ladder unit in service for some time. There was one on a mid-50’s chassis, complete with a bell, followed by the GMC tilt-cab with a body built by Alexander Welding, followed by the Mack, and I guess you could count the later enclosed body units.

Wilson had what I think was a quad that was an old ALF, I think.
DJ - 01/15/10 - 09:16

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