08/20/11 122 W, 2 I - + 6 - 8 The Amazing Color-Changing Aerial Ladder Fire Engine

Ever seen a fire truck change colors as a cloud passes? Here's Raleigh Ladder 4 showing the same thing as it executes a turn during driver-operator training on Poole Road. The tiller transformed into a brighter-red rig, as direct sunlight strikes the side of the truck. This is also ably shows why apparatus photography is best in bright sunlight. Sun behind the camera, of course. The maker of this photo, meanwhile, was turning his mind back two decades, to his last few months as a firefighter, and training as an assistant driver on Truck 16. That was the 1979 Mack/1958 American LaFrance tiller. Remember that one? Good times. See more photos from this afternoon. Click to enlarge:

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