Thanks!raybrag said:The high ladders were called that because their stick was 144 feet long. FDNY bought two of them in 1962 . . . the very first FDNY rear mounts.
They were built on a Mack C chassis, with a Magirus 144 foot ladder. The trucks were designed very much like a European-style turntable ladder, and they had very few compartments and no ground ladders. They were not well liked, at least in part because the ladder was narrow and difficult to work on. In 1969 the Magirus ladders were removed and replaced with 100 foot Grove aerials, and the two rigs had seats added to the rear for firefighters to ride there. They were assigned as Tactical Control Units (TCUs) during the war years.
Original high ladder:
Lenny Salamone photo
Later, after the ladder was replaced and the seats added:
Yes, L164 had #456 that was formerly TCU-712 and before that was originally L24, E324, High Ladder 2, and L119.kfd274 said:Didn't one of these make its way to L 164 in Little Neck Queens? I am travelling and don't have access to my library 8)
The seats had a back curtain in place behind the seats & a front drop down curtain for riot protection (rolled up in the picture) ..... the material was the same Hypalon used as a cover over the War Years Hose Beds.mack said: