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Tower-2, Wilmington Fire Department (Delaware)
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No: 3644   Contributor: Lou Angeli   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Pierce   Country: United States of America
Tower-2, Wilmington Fire Department (Delaware)

Wilmington Fire Department Tower-2 is a 2007 Pierce Mid-Mount 100' Tower Ladder. It is part of a replacement program that placed new apparatus and appliances in Wilmington fire stations during 2007.

Tower-2 is operating at the scene of a 2-alarm fire that destroyed a doctor's office and small roofing warehouse. (photo by Lou Angeli)
Picture added on 20 July 2007
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The mid mount aerial ladder or tower is still quite popular here in the US, even though this design results in a very long vehicle and almost always requires tandem rear axles - as, of course do many rearmounts.

The big advantage is height - the truck is a lot lower than a rearmount, and this really counts when it has to be shoehorned into an old firehouse's appliance room with low doors!

Even though tandem axles with a trailing steering axle are quite common on aerials in Europe, this technology does not seem to have penetrated the fire truck industry here.

Added by Rob Johnson on 14 April 2017.
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