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Museum Collections: Apparatus - Truck Co. No. 13:

1939 Ahrens-Fox HS-85 Wooden Bascule Aerial Ladder Truck



Builder: Ahrens-Fox, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Tractor: A 6 cylinder Hercules HXE motor, number 321821, 225 horse power, 5 ¾ " bore x 6" stroke, 935 cubic inch displacement, shaft drive with a new style bumper with a curve in the center.

Tillered Trailer: 85-foot, two section, “Bascule” wood aerial with an electric-hydraulic raise powered by four 12-volt batteries. Also included was a high-pressure nozzle on bed ladder.

Total Apparatus Weight: 34,000 lbs

Manufacturer's Number: 2067

SFFD Shop Number: TR-41 (tractor)  LT-39 (trailer)
City & County Number: Tractor, 145-641 (applied 1970)
City & County Number: Trailer, 145-739 (applied 1970)

Original cost: $17,750. $17,235 base cost, plus $300 for a ladder pipe and $215 for a one quarter fold Browder Life Saving Machine (a life net)   

Location: In storage

Condition: Very poor due to years of outside storage

Crew: Officer and 6 Firemen

Members of truck companies could and can be identified at fires and other emergencies by their red and white quartered, and black brimmed helmets.

Service History:

July 28, 1939   Truck Company No. 2, Golden Gate International Exposition World's Fair, Treasure Island, Northwest firehouse
1941  Truck Company No. 13, 112 Drumm Street
1953  Truck Company No. 4, 1648 Pacific Avenue
1955   Truck Company No. 10, 655 Presidio Avenue
1961   Truck Company No. 18, 1935 - 32nd Avenue
1972   Placed into reserve1975   Placed out of service and transferred to the roster of the Museum

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