The next era of firefighter apparatus, specifically engines and pumpers, happened in the 40s.

During World War II manufacturers like American LaFrance, Seagrave and Mack built trucks for the US military. The vehicles of the day were influenced by airplane design with round sweeping lines, many with enclosed passenger compartments and engines with greater horsepower. Aerial platforms called “cherry pickers” were being installed giving firefighters additional access to large buildings in their community.

As always thanks for reading, stay safe.

Shameless self-promotion alert:
If you go to my online shop, I’m selling postcards and posters featuring this firetruck as part of a series.