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Ladder trucks for the Winnipeg Fire Brigade began when the first one was ordered from the Babcock Company of Chicago in 1875. From the appearance in early pictures they appear to be very simple extra long chassis, horse drawn wagons, upon which ladders were hung or stacked. Some of them were so long that a tiller steering wheel was designed for the rear wheel, to make it easier to execute sharp turns. They were named Hook and Ladders for a reason that at this time is under some differences of opinion, mine being that they were supplied a form of Pompier ladders, that allowed firemen to put the hook through a window, and climb to whatever height that was required. Other more learned members of our group believe that the hook refers to the tool that was used to pull down walls after heavy fire damage. the hook was large with a short piece of chain attached that could be placed in a window or over the top of a wall using a long pike pole, and with a heavy rope attached, a team of horses could.

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Make & Model Size In Service Info
H & L Babcock Co. Chigago   1875  
Aerial Ladder Hayes 65 foot
3 horse team
19/02/1895 Cost $4,125.00
Agent-W. S. Nott Co.
Minneapolis, Minn. USA
H & L Truck 2 horse team 06/10/1903 Cost $2,450.00
H & L Truck 2 horse team 29/11/1904 Cost $2,385.00
Aerial Ladder
Canadian Seagrave
85 foot
3 horse team
19/05/1905 Cost $5,140.00
Water Tower
Seagrave
65 foot
3 horse team
01/06/1905 Cost $7,900.00

H & L Truck 2 horse team 29/11/1905 Cost $2,385.00
H & L Trucks
Seagrave
3 - 2 horse teams 21/12/1906 Cost $2,765.00
Aerial Ladder Pirsch 85 foot
3 horse team
19/10/1911  
H & L Trucks Seagrave 2 - 2 horse teams 13/03/1914 Cost $2,300.00 each

Some time between 1909 and 1914 the Department bought an 85 foot, 3 horse team, Seagrave Aerial that remained in active service until the late 1920s.

Motor Aerial Ladder
M.A. L. #4 and then #1
Serial #580
75 foot wood
2 wheel drive
18/06/1914 100 Horsepower - 6 cylinder - Gasoline
Cost $14,175.00
Agent-American LaFrance Fire Engine Co.
Elmira, New York, USA
Aerial ladder damaged at the Tees & Persse fire and was factory rebuilt in 1924, and in 1928 the ladders were transferred to M.A.L. #3.
Motor Aerial Ladder
M. A. L. #2
Model Seagrave "K" 756
Serial #27122
75 foot wood
2 wheel drive
1921 6 cylinders - gasoline - 30 Horsepower
Cost $19,880.00
Agent - Waterous Engine Works Co. Ltd.
Higgins Ave. Wpg. Man.

Motor Aerial Ladder
M. A. L. #3 American LaFrance
Serial #4194
85 foot-wood
2 wheel drive
02/01/1923 6 cylinders - gasoline Horsepower
Cost $38,7000.00
The ladders were originally from ths spare Horse drawn Aerial at # 10 Station, and in November 1928 the ladders from M.A.L. #1 were transferred to M.A.L.#3.
3 Reo Speed Wagons   11/04/1922 Were used as tractors for 3 of the Horse drawn H & L Trucks. # 1 - #2 - #3
Reg. No.s 73048-73046-73040-69783

Reo Speed Wagon   02/01/1923 4th H & L Truck Reg. No. one of above
In 1928 H & L #2 Reg. 13040, #3 Reg. 73048 and #4 Reg. 73046 were in service.

American LaFrance
City Service Ladder Truck
  26/10/1928  

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