Question: Do you have to turn the wheel the opposite way when tillering the back of the ladder truck?
Answer: The simple answer is yes but in reality on big streets you could just hold the wheel if you have a good front end driver. The wheel will naturally want to turn when the truck is turning. In theory if the tractor can fit then the trailer will fit too. A good tillerman earns his pay getting the ass end of a big ol’ ladder truck in to the tiniest of half streets. It is not uncommon to have only a few inches on each side. That is no big deal except for people who can’t parallel park properly, extended truck mirrors, leaning utility poles, tree branches and roots, utility wires, and then there are the What the F@%K situations…
Another less bouncy view from the tiller box on a nice 93 degree day
Running the saws on a rainy Saturday morning
Latest mouse count at “The Big House”
Ladder 1 backing in to quarters. View from Medic 2.
An old film I shot with two cameras back in 2010.
Blizzard of 2016
Hey sometimes a call looks really interesting. Here is a vehicle accident, that dropped high voltage lines and sheared the pole, took out the structural support for a couple of porches, and stopped on a gas meter. Luckily the stars were aligned that the driver wasn’t trapped and self extricated, the gas meter was bent and bruised but did not leak, the porches did not collapse, and nobody was stupid enough to touch the power lines.