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Pirsch water tower, Memphis, USA
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No: 37033   Contributor: David Oke   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Pirsch and Sons   Country: United States of America
Pirsch water tower, Memphis, USA

A side on view of the water tower that is driven by a Pirsch truck, viewed in a previous photo. This is in the Memphis fire department museum. The photo was taken in December 2013.

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Picture added on 26 December 2013 at 09:05
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The truck-trailer water tower was a uniquely North American concept.

This one has an access ladder and a basket for the operator, but earlier ones lacked these features - and were operated from the ground by firefighters who tugged on rope lines.

These towers died out when fire chiefs started to realize that they could attach a monitor to the head of an aerial ladder, and use one truck for both roles!

Added by Rob Johnson on 27 February 2018.
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