A reader in the US has sent us an historic photograph from the early 1940s of an fire/rescue aerial ladder truck.
The photo was taken in the early 1940s shortly after fire chief Albert E. Homann of the La Porte Fire Department took delivery of the new aerial ladder truck. Homann is seen standing on the truck with assistant chief Elmer Glafke to the side.
As its Friday, we thought we would see if anyone was able to 1) name the manufacturer 2) guess at the working height and 3) decide whether it qualifies as a Death Wish even though those were different times when it came to health and safety.
We will reveal the answers on Monday.
Have a great weekend.
Top marks to Benji who hit the nail on the head with his comment. It was in fact a Peter Pirsch & Sons aerial ladder truck, built in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and it offered a working height of 65ft/20 metres.
In 1899, while working at his father's carriage manufacturing business and volunteering for the Kenosha, Wisconsin fire department, Peter Pirsch received the patent for the trussed extension ladder, a marked improvement upon the older, solid ladders that firemen had been using up to that point. With patent in hand, he founded Peter Pirsch & Sons in 1900.
The first motorised ladder truck was on a Rambler chassis, and this was followed by others based on Couple Gear, White, Duplex, Nash and Dodge.