Went out on a walk with Bowie the other day and he got to see 5 no less than 5 FIRE TRUCKS! He was so stoked he had me take these pictures of Reno Fire Department’s Ladder Engine #1.
The truck is a Pierce Ladder Truck. The kind that requires a driver on the rear to steer the trailer. For a description of what it’s like to drive one of these things, scroll down to the comments where my friend John posted about his experience driving one back in the 1980’s.
The call was to one of the apartments on an alley off St. Lawrence Ave. It turned out to be a smoking pilot light or something. It’s the kind of apartment that gets a new tenant about every 8 months. The alley is probably the reason they called this particular truck. It might not have been able to get down the alley, but it could easily have reached OVER the first row of apartments.
All the trucks were gone by the time we got back from our walk. Bowie had fallen asleep anyway.
Below is a cool video showing the setup and operation of a ladder truck similar to this one. The video is from Medford Fire Rescue. If you can’t tell from the accent, that’s Medford Oregon. My friend John has actually driven one of these trucks. Hopefully he’ll post up in the comments a story or two about what a trip is it steering the back end and communicating with the front driver.