County’s First Aerial Truck Put in Service in 1966

During a disastrous fire that swept through a large part of Elkton’s central business district in 1948, an urgent telephone call was made to the Wilmington Fire Department.  One of the city’s ladder truck was desperately needed to help control the blaze that was ripping through Main Street businesses.  The firefighters from Delaware’s largest city answered the call, coming to the aid of the local volunteers.

A few years after that insurance rating agencies recommended the growing town  purchase an aerial unit to protect commercial buildings and taller structures.  In 1966, the county’s first aerial unit, an 85-foot Pitman Pirsch Snorkel, was put in service by Singerly Fire Company.  A photographer snapped this picture of the unit on the ramp of the old Station 3 on North street in the summer of 1972.

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