06/07/06 124 W - + 13 - 13 Raleigh's Pirsch Ladder

While visiting Chicago the other week, I happened upon a Pirsch ladder that was originally intended for Raleigh. The story goes something like this: in 1985-86, the city was to receive both a pumper and a ladder from Pirsch. The pumper was delivered and placed in service as Engine 13. The ladder, however, didn't make it. One or maybe more than one of the competitors filed a complaint about the bid process and Seagrave ended up supplying the rig. The Pirsch ladder that was built (or being built) was sent to Chicago and presently serves at the training academy. Alas, I didn't even think to record a serial or chassis number, to compare same with the reserve engine that's still in service.

This model and brand of ladder had a history of failure about that time that eventually took that company out of business. Raleigh was actually lucky because most of these were removed from active service by departments scared to use them after that.
BARRY SLAGLE - 11/23/12 - 19:41

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