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Carrollton Fire Department Old Ladder 21
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No: 20245   Contributor: Chad   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Sutphen   Country: United States of America
Carrollton Fire Department Old Ladder 21

Picture is of a Reserve Sutphen Ladder formerly Ladder 21 for the City of Carrollton Fire Department.
Picture added on 02 November 2009 at 17:16
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This mid mount aerial platform quint configuration is typical of Sutphen, who built many similar units with ladders from 65 to 100 feet.

The design keeps the truck height nice and low, which is helpful if it has to live in an older fire station, or if its response area includes low bridges, and it also helps keep the center of gravity low too, which makes for safer handling.

But the obvious downside is that the vehicle is very long - and maneuverability is challenged as a result. For some reason, the addition of a rear steering axle, which greatly improves the turning radius and is very common in Europe, is almost unknown in North America.

Added by Rob Johnson on 16 June 2018.
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