09/26/15 141 W, 1 I - + 11 - 8 UPDATED - The History of Raleigh's Tillers

Tractor-drawn aerial ladders as operated by the Raleigh Fire Department, left to right and top to bottom as shown below:

See this FireNews historical perspective from 2004 for more, as well as this Raleigh Fire Department Apparatus Register. See this collection of photos of the 2004 Pierce. Credits for second and third row of images, left to right: Joel Woods, Jeff Harkey, Mike Legeros, Lee Wilson. Click once or twice to enlarge:

Dispositions of older tillers:

1916 ALF tractor, unknown.
1939 ALF/1916 ALF, privately owned in Harnett County, poor condition due to sitting outside for decades
1958 ALF tractor, presumably scrapped, after sitting outside the training center for years/decades
1979 Mack/1958 ALF, recently seen in South Carolina, formerly owned by Civietown FD in Brunswick County, and also operated post-Raleigh by Wendell FD in Wake County
2004 Pierce, sold to Harnett county scrapyard, if memory serves
Legeros - 07/23/10 - 09:52

1) So, after 84 years of having a tiller, why did the department go 15 years without one? The downtown streets sure didn’t get any wider!

2) RFD had the previous tiller for 5 years? (2004-2009) I still thought of it as brand new when it crashed… It didn’t seem like it was 5 years old.
rfburns - 07/23/10 - 11:06

it was only a 5 yr period (99-04) when Raleigh didn’t have a tiller.
lee - 07/23/10 - 16:08

and then of course from last July until this July – no tiller
lee - 07/23/10 - 16:10

Doh. I think I was reading “1989” instead. Or, I’m just bad at math. Carry that one! :)
rfburns - 07/23/10 - 16:11

@rfburns Perhaps a lack of planning and foresight that tillers would be better versus a demo (ALF mid-mount)?
Planning - 09/28/15 - 08:30

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