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    Truck Company # 3

Truck Company #3


Truck 3's current apparatus
1994 Pierce Arrow
105 foot aerial ladder
photo by Ed Morrissey

Equipment includes:
Hydraulic rescue tool
Partner K1200 rotary power saw
Cutter's Edge chain saw
Air sampling meter
Cold water/ice rescue suits and board
Cutting torch
Semi Automatic External Defibrillator equipped


Ladder Company #3 was organized on 2 April 1894 in a new house on Front Street opposite Main Street. (Front Street was later renamed Massachusetts Avenue.) Ladder 3 shared these quarters with Engine 2. The company ran with a new American LaFrance, horse-drawn, 75 foot Hayes aerial ladder truck.

In 1919 the former apparatus of Ladder 1, an 1890 ordinary ladder truck, was given to Ladder 3. The company was motorized in November of 1921 when a new American LaFrance, tractor-trailer, 85 foot aerial ladder was placed in service by the company. On 17 October 1935, Ladder 3 was involved  a collision with Engine 2. As a result of this collision, the aerial was broken. The aerial was replaced with the 75 foot stick, formerly Ladder 1's. In October of 1938, a new 100 foot Pirsch, tractor-trailer was placed in service.

On 19 January 1963, the company placed in service a  Pirsch tractor-trailer truck with a 100 foot aerial. On the 1st of July 1981, the 1963 truck was placed out of service. Truck 3 ran with various spare trucks until the 15th of June 1983 when a rebuilt truck was placed in service. The rebuilt truck consisted of Ladder 3's former tractor with Ladder 2's former trailer. The truck had been rebuilt by Continental Fire Apparatus.

Truck Company 3 placed a new Maxim 100 foot aerial tractor trailer truck in service on 5 April 1989. On the 7th of July 1994, a new Pierce Arrow rearmount 105 foot aerial ladder truck was placed in service by the company. The 1989 Maxim was reassigned to Truck 4.

 


Truck 3 Photo Gallery
click on the photos to enlarge

 

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Truck 3 in front of quarters - circa 1894
American LaFrance - Hayes 75' Aerial Ladder

 

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Truck 3 - 1938 Pirsch
100' Aerial Ladder

 

all photos above are from the collection of Ed Morrissey

 


Truck 3 Annual Statistics

Fiscal Year Emergency Responses Building Fires EMS Mutual Aid
1984/85 1347   30 27
1985/86 1444   18 31
1986/87 1447   29 32
1987/88 1404   72 19
1988/89 1503   78 19
1989/90 1494 94 119 11
1990/91 1449 90 67 7
1991/92 1518 97 70 6
1992/93 1554 122 76 1
1993/94 1504 121 72 3
1994/95 1408 125 96 0
1995/96 1524 121 85 3
1996/97 1487 145 111 1
1997/98 1624 194 113 0
1998/99 1593 121 100 3
1999/2000 1995 146 135 0
2001/2002 2135 66* 180 3
2002/2003 2276 62 120 0
2003/2004 2269 69 154 0
2004/2005 2002 70 184 1
2005/2006 1945 54 149 0
2006/2007 2102 62 204 1
2007/2008 2126 50 202 0

*In 2001/02, the definition of a building fire was modified.

For more information on Truck 3, contact the captain:

Fire Captain Peter Donovan

e-mail address: pdonovan@cambridgefire.org