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FDNY Ladder 2
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No: 40498   Contributor: Andy Fish   Year: 2017   Manufacturer: Seagrave   Country: United States of America
FDNY Ladder 2

A 2006 Seagrave Marauder 100 foot rearmount seen near Grand Central station on June 9th 2017. This apparatus is due to be replaced by a Ferrara rearmount shortly.
Picture added on 15 June 2017 at 11:13
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FDNY tries to replace its front line units on a roughly ten year cycle. Given the beating these vehicles are exposed to, this relatively short service life makes a lot of sense. Quite a few are scrapped rather than being bought by other volunteer departments when they get to the auctions, unlike most other used big city rigs.

By comparison, LFB has a fifteen-year cycle for pumps and a twenty year cycle for aerials. Most big European cities like Paris and Berlin have similar replacement protocols.

Added by Rob Johnson on 15 June 2017.
Rob, you are correct in your thoughts regarding appliance/apparatus life spans.
It is worth nothing that one reason why aerials enjoy a longer life span in the UK is because firefighting tactics differ here than in the USA. Aerials are used far less frequently here as roof operations are not carried out, especially vertical venting as happens in America.
UK aerials are primarily only used for rescues from height and water towers.

Added by Andy Fish on 17 June 2017.
True Andy, but bear in mind most US cities operate far more aerial units than do British cities of comparable size.

FDNY for example has 143 truck companies, while London has 13!

Added by Rob Johnson on 20 June 2017.
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