With their tall ladders and large snorkels, aerial fire trucks are one of the most easily recognizable pieces of fire fighting machinery. Aerials provide firefight-ers with a way to reach the roof and upper floors of a building, which allows them to rescue trapped victims and direct large streams of water onto a fire.
Aerial Fire Trucks depicts the evolution of aerials from the early 1900s, when wooden wagons were drawn by horse or by hand, to today's technologically advanced machines. All aerial manufacturers are covered including Pierce, Seagrave, LTI, E-ONE, KME, Snorkel, Aerial Innovations, Smeal, American LaFrance, and Sutphen as well as many others.
With over 120 photos and a thoroughly researched text, Aerial Fire Trucks is a full developmental history that includes stories from inside the industry and contains descriptions of many one-of-a-kind units.