Leadership

Trucks Get Crane to Lift Ladder Pipe

Issue 1 and Volume 132.

Trucks Get Crane to Lift Ladder Pipe After equipping several of its aerial ladder trucks with expensive, remotecontrol ladder pipes, the Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Fire Department apparatus division designed and built a handy boom that is mounted on the apparatus so that one fire fighter can handle the heavy master stream device safely and with ease. Under the direction of District Chief Melchior Koehl, superintendent of apparatus, the repair shops developed and fabricated the davit-type truck booms from scrap stock lying around the shop. The mast and 7-foot boom was made from 3-inch steel pipe. A 2-inch truck throwout bearing was used for the pivot. A short length of steel cable and a standard snap fastener completed the basic bill of materials. “Our new ladder pipes cost several thousand dollars each,” Koehl explained. “They also weighed about 150 pounds. Part of the problem is the height of the aerial ladder…

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