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Ladder Company 2

Truck Company #2


Truck 2's current apparatus
2002 Pierce 95' heavy-duty, rear-mount Tower Ladder
- photo by Brian Higgins


Ladder Company #2 was organized in 1873 in a wooden building at Cambridge and Portland Streets but at this time, no men were assigned to the company. In 1874, Ladder 2 was placed in full service. The company was equipped with a ladder carriage built by E.B. Leverich of New York and was built in the New York City pattern. Ladder 2 at this time was named Bradford Ladder Company #2. In 1882, the company was equipped with a 65' Bangor pole ladder.

In July of 1886, the company's quarters was condemned and construction was begun on new quarters. Ladder 2 moved in to the new fire house  at 386 Portland Street in 1887. On 18 March 1902, a new Abbot and Downing ladder carriage was placed in service. This rig carried two 30 gallon chemical tanks. In December of 1921, a new American LaFrance 75' tractor-trailer ladder truck was placed in service. With this new truck, Ladder 2 became motorized. Ladder 2 was the last company in the city to become motorized.

In January, 1942 a new Pirsch 100' tractor-trailer aerial ladder truck was placed in service by the company. On 19 January 1963, another new 100' tractor-trailer ladder truck was placed in service.

On 19 Sept. 1978, Ladder Company #2 moved into new quarters with Engine 3 at 173 Cambridge Street. (The Portland Street firehouse burned in a two alarm fire on 22 October 1978, Box 2-2161).

The company received a rebuilt 1959 Pirsch 100' tractor-trailer on 25 Aug. 1982. This truck had been rebuilt by Continental Fire Trucks, Inc. of Hopkinton, MA. On 29 Aug. 1989, the company placed in service a 1976 Seagrave 100' tractor trailer, the former apparatus of Boston Ladder 7. On 15 Oct. 1991, Truck 2 placed the the 1986 100'  Sutphen aerial tower in service.  This truck had been formerly assigned to Truck 1.

In April, 2002, the current apparatus was placed in service, the 2002 Pierce mid-mount, heavy duty, 95' Tower Ladder. 

historical information provided by Ed Morrissey


Truck 2 Photo Gallery
click on the photos to enlarge
photos from the collection of Ed Morrissey

Ladder 2 House Portland Street
The 386 Portland St. quarters of Ladder 2
built 1886, since demolished

 

Ladder 2 1902 Abbot and Downing
Ladder 2 circa 1902
Abbot and Downing Ladder Carriage
in front of quarters - 386 Portland Street

 

Ladder 2 1963 Pirsch
Ladder 2
1963 Pirsch 100'

 

Truck 2 1986 Sutphen

1986 Sutphen 100' Aerial Tower Ladder
photo by Ed Morrissey
click on the photo to enlarge


Truck 2 Annual Statistics

fiscal year total runs building fires emergency medical mutual aid
1990/91 1064 79 75 74
1991/92 911 88 82 48
1992/93 896 82 63 42
1993/94 912 108 91 27
1994/95 787 64 74 2
1995/96 812 56 77 2
1996/97 884 99 98 1
1997/98 980 123 92 0
1998/99 980 94 108

4

1999/2000 1202 79 92 1
2000/2001 1305 96 86 0
2001/2002 1237 59 85 4
2002/2003 1409 60 104 1
2003/2004 1353 47 107 0
2004/2005 1151 43 80 1
2005/2006 1236 41 110 0
2006/2007 1365 40 134 0
2007/2008 1301 38 151 0

For information on Truck Company #2, contact the captain:
Captain Michael Bruno
e-mail address: mbruno@cambridgefire.org