Mack Tower Ladder Shoot

In June 2009, after realizing that many of the remaining Mack tower ladders in Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) were due to be retired, two members of the fire service arranged a joint photo shoot involving the departments still operating these rigs. A total of 8 eight departments were in attendance with rigs that had served a combined total of 167 years!!!








North Babylon FC, Ladder 1-8-6 - 1986/2013 Mack/RD Murray/Pierce 75’ Aerialscope

After 26 years of active front line service, this rig was remounted by Pierce in 2012 as the first Aerialscope in the US on a Quantum chassis (to match NBFC’s fleet). Outfitted with striking artwork and graphics, the rig is equipped with a full set of Hurst hydraulic extrication tools.

East Islip FD, Ladder 3-5-5 - 1988 Mack 95’ Aerialscope 

After 21 years of faithful service, this rig was replaced in 2009 with a new Seagrave Aerialscope. As a sign of good luck, the new rig caught a working commercial fire during its’ first week in service!!

Lakeland FD, Ladder 3-13-3 - 1980 Mack 75’ Aerialscope

Kings Park FD, Ladder 4-1-7 - 1985 Mack 75’ Aerialscope

Departments in attendance (left to right): Lakeland, Kings Park, North Patchogue, East Islip, Bay Shore, North Babylon, Sayville & North Lindenhurst (four of the eight rigs shown have since been replaced). Departments that were unable to attend included Coram, Center Moriches, Mount Sinai & East Quogue (which has since replaced their Mack with the former Kentland VFD Aerialscope).