Service Ladder/Ladder Tender/ Rescue with ground ladders
Does anyone have any experience with this type of apparatus. If so how does that company operate;
The city service ladder is an older term referring to apparatus that had the tools and ground ladders of a ladder co. without the main aerial ladder. This was done in both urban and suburban departments either to supplement existing truck companies or to act as a truck company stand alone. This type of apparatus fell out of fashion with the technology advances of modern aerial ladders and with the reduction of companies and stations over time.
Some departments continue to use city service ladders but they are fewer and fewer. The only that I know off hand is the Town of Cary, NC operates T7 a city service Pierce velocity as a first line truck. The Indianapolis fd had two reserve ladders which were in essence city service trucks which would be used as reserves as a last resort
A modern equivalent of the city service truck seems to be the Arizona Phoenix FD model ladder tender operation. A two piece company with a Tower ladder and a Med Duty Rescue. Where the smaller rescue (heavy rescue type, single axle coke truck) runs the every day service/ ems calls leaving the Tower driver only at the station. To my knowledge if both units are in quarters and the unit is dispatched for a fire they take only the Tower. If the Tender is on the air returning from a call and the unit is dispatched for a fire. The tender responds to the scene with 3 and the tower responds driver only and meets them.
To my knowledge a few neighboring AZ fire departments use this concept. The cities in AZ are so sprawling that the milage placed on truck companies are excessive. The Tenders are medium duty rescues biased on either commercial or custom chassis with truck tools and a full compliment of ground ladders.
In todays day and age it seems like a good concept to place ground ladders on "rescue" apparatus. In most instances a Rescue company is a specialized unit that travels past existing truck companies to respond on a fire. Having ground ladders only adds to the versatility.
The point of this thread is to discuss the concept of the city service ladder and any of its other names. Include pictures, past experience and and theories on its application to the modern fire service