The Last Wood Aerial
On February 28, 1930, the Seattle Fire Department
took delivery of this Mack 85-foot tillered
aerial ladder truck, at
a cost of $16,500. Its most unique feature for its day, was
raised heavy wood bed ladder through a power
take-off from the truck's engine. Up until this time
Fire Department aerial ladder trucks either had a spring-raised bed
ladder or were completely
hand-operated. The turntable and fly
ladder extension still remained hand-operated. Although the
fly ladder section has been condemned for climbing for many years,
the hoisting mechanism operates
perfectly to this day.
In 1937, its original 60 horsepower Mack engine
was replaced with a new model 177 Hall-Scott
engine, developing 215
horsepower, and an SFD shop-built cab was installed.
Historical Photos . . .
App 117 (Truck 2) 1930
App 117 (reserve) 1962
~ Apparatus 117 Company Assignments
Truck 2 - 615 Columbia St (Station 1)
Truck 4 / Ladder 4 - 2334-4th Ave (Station 2)
1969 . . . .
~ The Stations ~
SFD Fire Station #1 (1890-1937)
App 117 (Truck 2) 1930-1931
SFD Fire Station #2 (1921-present)
App 117 (Truck 4 / Ladder 4) 1931-1954