Motorizing Ladder Companies at Boston
With the placing in service of a motor ladder truck for Ladder Company 17 in Boston, Mass., all the ladder trucks in. the city proper have been motorized with the exception of three, Ladder 1, Ladder 3 and Ladder 24. The process of motorization has involved not only the installation of new pieces of motor driven apparatus and the attachment of tractors to old apparatus but the renovation and remodeling of various fire stations to which the trucks are assigned. At the Fort Hill Station extensixe changes have been made, the entire house being motorized. Twelve horses have been removed and the house remodelled. The stalls have been taken out and the wooden fioor replaced with a cement floor and what were formerly the hay loft and grain bins are now a dormitory. The engine, No. 25, has been equipped with a tractor of the Christie type and the ladder truck, No. 8, is a new Seagrave truck, costing $11,000. It has a speed of 40 miles an hour and is giving great satisfaction. It has an 85-foot quick raising ladder and weighs six tons. Deputy Chief Tabor, who is at this station, has his car in the centre section. Motorization has brought about many changes in the department. Old Ladder 14, which was kept as a spare truck at Fort Hill house, is now out to the Boylston Street house as Ladder 13, repainted and equipped with a tractor; the old truck which was at Boylston Street is now being motorized and will go to Engine 41, Brighton. It will be known as Ladder 14. This is an aerial truck with a 75-foot ladder. Commissioner Grady feels the need of a speedy aerial ladder in the apartment house district. Old ladder 7 is being motorized and will soon go out to Egleston. square as Ladder 16 with a Christie tractor.