The 75-Foot Quint: Know What It Can Do

02/01/2009
BY BILL ADAMSQuint debates can be partial, biased, and downright emotional. Traditionalists cannot accept the idea that the traditional pumpless ladder truck, equipped with large amounts of ancillary equipment, an aerial device, and numerous ground ladders, may be a thing of the past. They cannot understand why today’s firefighters and administrators believe that multitasking apparatus with fewer personnel is the cure-all on the fireground. This article does not discredit the quint or pit the old against the new. Instead, it objectively illustrates the diminishing capabilities of the traditional ladder company and limitations that purchasing a quint—and, in particular, a small ...

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