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Buffalo, NY Fire Department Ladder Co. 2
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No: 2735   Contributor: Bob Andrycha   Year: 1985   Manufacturer: Pirsch and Sons   Country: United States of America
Buffalo, NY Fire Department Ladder Co. 2

1985 Pirsch TDA with a 100 Foot aluminum ladder. Truck was photographed in 1989. Rig has been since scrapped.
Picture added on 19 April 2007
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Aagh - economics, I suppose, amongst other things.

Halifax, Nova Scotia had a similar rig, in a Seagrave, I think.

It takes 2 people simply to move the rig - so you could not send one guy on vacation, without a replacement.....

Halifax's rig got replaced by a "straight" truck.

The Seagrave languishes in a scrap-yard, with the engine salvaged and sold to a trucker.


Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 07 July 2008.
Actually, the extended caption indicates it's a Pirsch.

Added by Mike Feldman on 13 December 2010.
Hi Mike,
I saw that, isn't Pirsch to body / ladder builder?
In general initially we classified manufacturers with chassis-builders (although we are slowly extending it to include the large body builders too).

Added by Marcel Gommers on 13 December 2010.
Like quite a lot of American cities, Buffalo's ladder companies no longer operate any tillers. Their current units are all tandem axle straight sticks, including towers with baskets. They all have pumps, so they can operate as self-contained water towers

Ladder 2 is now an LTI rear mount tower on an American La France chassis. There are several other Alfies on the roster, both rear and mid mount - along with a few Pierce units.

The department currently operates 20 engines and 9 aerials, protecting 261, 000 residents.

Added by Rob Johnson on 08 March 2018.
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