09/19/11 82 W, 1 I - + 8 - 6 Charlotte Fire Department Training Tower and Apparatus, 1976

From the FireNews.net Facebook page and the collection of retired Charlotte Fire Department Battalion Chief C. Lee Abernethy, here's a great shot of the training tower with three lime ladders and one red platform. The tiller is Ladder 4, a Ward LaFrance. The rear-mount ladders are Seagraves. The Snorkel is an American LaFrance. Vintage photos don't get much cooler than that. Readers can perhaps add model years, and associated memories. Click to slightly enlarge:

I had to copy and enlarge the photo to figure out what was going on with the two rear mounts. I figured out what they were doing but it makes no sense! Why A frame to aerials together, rig a roof or straight ladder between them and then A frame two bangor ladders against the straight ladder? That is one that I have never seen before. Is there a purpose to it?
stretch - 09/19/11 - 23:54

For the apparatus buffs: The 1969 ALF Aero Chief 80’ snorkel was destroyed in a wreck on the trip to Pierce for a refurb in the late 1980s-90s. The Ward LaFrance tiller that served Ladder 4 was later sold to Orchard Beach,AL, unknown whereabouts today. The Seagrave Rear-mounts served Ladder 3 and Ladder 10, but no sure where they ultimately ended up.
BFD1151 - 09/20/11 - 23:02

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