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    Back about 20 years ago, volly house bought a FDNY Seagrave. Late 70's type. It had on the curb side what was called a telephone booth for a 7th rider. I guessing it went back to the days of all tillers but can any of the FDNY folks tell me how the seventh guy worked into the operation? I'm wondering if it goes back even further to the wooden spring raised ladders. Your thoughts.

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    The phone booth was a place for the seventh man (which was traditionally the tillerman) to ride on a rearmount.
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    That's where they changed into their Superman costume silly.
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    What was his fireground function? Additional roofman?

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    That was Spiderman's job, he rode in the wheel well.
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    It wasn't a phone booth, it was a toll booth. The 7th man took donations along the way from motorists to fund the party after the fire.






    Seriously, from reading some history about it it seems as if that 7th man was an extra person on the roof or if he wasn't needed up there, helped with searching with the rest of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnyv View Post
    What was his fireground function? Additional roofman?
    Yes, it was fr a 2nd roofman
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    does anyone have a picture of a truck with this on it? I've never seen or heard of it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    does anyone have a picture of a truck with this on it? I've never seen or heard of it before.
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    It varried as I understand it depending on which area the company was in...but it was usually the junior man as it was the coldest seat in town.

    I might be a bit off, but I believe it was part of Adapative response companies. Engines had 6 men and an officer and Trucks had 6 or 7 & a boss. 3 seats in the front, 4 in the rear and the phone booth.

    These were in companies in the busiest joints during the war years. South Bronx, East New York, Alphabet City...etc. usually doing in the neighborhood of 10,000 runs a year (most offically were less,but many runs and the paperwork were lost in the madness) and 2-3 jobs a night--thats besides the cars, rubbish, etc.

    The Trucks had what I believe was called the Above the Fire Team (2 roof men) in some areas however(Brooklyn) I've heard the man was a little more flexible in his use and also could be used as more of a OVM or wherever the boss needed him.

    Here is a photo I found:
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    Here is another better shot of what it looked like.



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    Thanks to Mike Dick for taking that snapshot in time.
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    Man that brings back memories. Of when there was less ignorance and properly staffed companies. T.C,

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