01/18/10 90 W, 1 I - + 13 - 3 Gastonia Aerial Ladder, 1956

And there's this beauty that appeared in the August 1955 issue of Hose & Nozzle. It's a Seagrave 70th Anniversary series 75-foot aerial ladder, newly delivered and pictured in front of the new completed Central Fire Station. Looks like the rig was equipped with a pump, or what was called at the time a "booster pump." The next obvious question is how many such ladders served in our state? Charlotte had at least one closed-cab version. Who else? Click to enlarge:

Hose & Nozzle photo

It took me a few days, but according to a delivery list I have, there were only three departments in NC that had mid-mount Seagrave ladders like this: Gastonia, Charlotte, and New Bern. The Seagrave “bullet nose” was more popular as an engine in NC than a ladder.
BFD1151 - 01/21/10 - 10:34

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