Heirloom Design at the SFFD Ladder Shop

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 02010 by Austin Brown
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Ask Media Productions created this report on the San Francisco Fire Department’s unique ladder shop. While most cities have moved on to lighter, less-expensive aluminum ladders, San Francisco’s tight, windy streets lined with electric bus-lines demand sturdy, non-conductive douglas-fir. That wood is given 15 years to age in the ladder shop before it’s shaped into planks and rungs and can be maintained for decades afterwards – the Department’s oldest ladder still in use was originally built in 1918.

Inside the Ladder Shop at the San Francisco Fire Department from AdamKaplan on Vimeo.

(via Laughing Squid)

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