12/13/10 134 W, 2 I - + 9 - 7 Tight Squeeze For Cary's FIrst Ladder Truck

Cary's first ladder truck was a city service truck on a Chevrolet chassis purchased in 1964. It was first stored in a public utilities building behind the fire station. Because the truck was longer than the building, a hole was knocked in the back wall and a plastic cloth was hung over the truck’s protruding front. It was replaced by a 1975 GMC service truck that with an enclosed body style that kept the ladders and other equipment protected from the weather. That was an innovation for its time. Believe Alexander Welding built the body? It was replaced by a 1995 Mack service truck, which might still be on the roster as a long-serving reserve unit. Click to slightly enlarge:

News & Observer / Cary Fire Department photos

that would be a great truck to find and restore for a parade apparatus.
charlie - 12/13/10 - 13:02

yes the Mack/Craft is still on the roster, it is scheduled for replacement this upcoming year, and will be replaced by an aerial.
CFP 7021 - 12/14/10 - 01:15

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