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Niagara Falls Fire Department Aerial 4
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No: 6984   Contributor: Neil McCarten   Year: 2005   Manufacturer: Sutphen   Country: Canada
Niagara Falls Fire Department Aerial 4

Niagara Falls, ON (Canada), A-4
1988 Sutphen
1500 / 400 / 75'

Former Youngwood, PA
Photo taken 8/23/05
Picture added on 22 March 2008
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Neil, how does this thing work, bottom first then top sections, I'm a bit at sea here mate? Look, I don't like coloured fire engines, apart from (drab grey-apparently), but, , , , this is sort of 'nice'

Added by Pavel - Western Australia on 28 March 2008.
Yes, Pavel, I got to wondering as well. We, in Canada, and especially in Ontario, are not noted for "far-out" colours in our fire engines. But, where the Aerial came from, Youngwood Hose Company No. 1, of Pennsylvania, USofA - all their units are that blue colour - ref. InterNet - Niagara Falls FD is perhaps waiting on the budget for a paint job. Alas, I cannot figure out the aerial ladder extension, either.

Added by Pat_R-B on 29 March 2008.
Old pictures I have show the Niagara Falls FD as having orange/yellow apparatus
so I was very surprised to see this Sutphen midmount 75' aerial in blue livery.
The apparatus looks very nice, but I prefere the orange/yellow livery.

Added by Pete Matten on 29 March 2008.
i have never seen a sky blue engine before. that is not right here in illinois

Added by Fire Boy on 24 April 2008.
But, has anyone got a picture, or a web-site, on how the Sutphen Mid-Mount Aerial extends out?
The suspense is killing me....

Added by Pat_R-B on 25 April 2008.
For pictures of Sutphen apparatus, check out the Code 3 website(
The models this company make are very good.Click on search by equipment, it then
shows their models of Sutphens.Also click on Appararus and this brings up the
Sutphen manufacturers website.Pictures are really well worth looking at....OK.

Added by Pete Matten on 26 April 2008.
at ladder truck like this one would look good in surrey's colours they had one similar too this one years ago but i don't know or maybe they sold it to another fire station out of province. jan 04 09

Added by THOMAS SMITH on 04 January 2009.
It is a box boom design the website
has a nice description and schematic to show the make up.

Added by Robert H. on 28 January 2009.
Why, thank-you, Robert H. - - Pavel, PA-VEL-L-L; are you listening up ?!

From the 'Site:

Taking the "Niagara Falls Fire Dept." sign as horizontal mid-point; below it, are the ladder box-sections that telescope out in normal fashion.

Above it, are the side hand-rails, that travel with each box-section.

It's worth down-loading, in the PDF format; and magnifying the drawings. This truck is available as a "Quint", read ARP/CARP; and we ordinary souls can see the necessary dimensions for a successful ARP/CARP. Simply too wide and too long, (not to mention the overhang) for the British roads and lanes - but, then, "this is preaching to the choir".....the troops know this very well, but not Upper Management (>:]

Across our Kennebacasis (Mic-Mac tribe name) River; the joint Fire Dept. that serves Rothesay (Scottish tribe name) and Quispamsis (Mic-Mac tribe name) is getting their very first arial - it will be a Quint (ARP/CARP) and it will be a Sutphen.

C.H.Sutphen's firm, founded 1890, and run by the 4th generation of the family, still build their own chassis'.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 30 January 2009.
Its an interesting concept, a blue ARP, but everyone knows there is only one colour for a machine, red.

Added by John Stott on 30 January 2009.
I very much doubt whether there is a colour in existence that can't be found in Pennsylvania - that particular state is known for a miscellany of liveries that is second to none.

Added by Ian Moore on 30 January 2009.
Pat_R-B thanks for getting my attention, and yes I visited the site kindly posted by Robert H. Very impressive 2009 calendar I might add, and so good to see a Fire Apparatus manufacturer with Federal Q's as standard fittings!!

Added by Pavel on 31 January 2009.
Thanks, Ian, for that info about the Quaker State's Fire-Engines' colours.

I must hunt up the Pennsylvania liveries.....'Slime' Green is bad enough; let's hope there are no 'Putrid' Purples, or 'Shocking' Pink !

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 31 January 2009.
I was a member of that station for 10 years, that truck was a nice truck to drive, very easy to operate

Added by Trevor B. on 11 March 2009.
love this truck. this was our ladder truck from youngwood pa when I was in the department. still looks beautiful. good memories

Added by J Bird on 23 March 2014.
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