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Aerial Truck Built from HorseDrawn Vehicle

Issue 2 and Volume 95.

Aerial Truck Built from HorseDrawn Vehicle Because of the need for making every piece of apparatus ready for immediate and safe service, the Asbury Park, N. J., Fire Department under the direction of Chief William S. Taggart, have converted their old horse-drawn aerial truck into a second alarm truck. The truck which started out as a horse-drawn American-LaFrance aerial, was purchased in 1909 for the Independent Ladder Company, then volunteer. In 1914 it was changed to a Christie drive, and a new ladder was placed on it in 1921. In 1931, when the new eighty-five foot American-LaFrance was purchased by the city, the truck was put in reserve. In 1941, because of the emergency. Chief William S. Taggert and his men worked continually to recondition the ladders. The trailer was rebuilt and a commercial tractor was placed under the lift. The rebuilt truck is now in service as a second…

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