Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21

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Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21 scale model

The first museum grade Chicago E-One Tower Ladder 21

The first museum grade replica of Chicago's 1985 E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21.
Here's another opportunity to take home a piece of Chicago firefighting history. This 1:50 scale model of Chicago Fire Department's E-One Hurricane Tower is a museum grade masterpiece, and a worthy addition to elite Chicago collections.


Truck 21 is hand-crafted using over 750 parts.

Hand-crafted using over 750 intricately detailed parts.
Chicago's Tower Ladder 21 features true-to-scale parts that are individually designed, cast or fabricated, painted, decorated and assembled over the course of a year. From the stainless steel ground ladders to the flashlight on the dash, Tower Ladder 21 is authentic to Chicago's rig.



Production of Chicago Tower Ladder 21 is limited to 75 units

Production limited to only 75 units.
Chicago's Tower Ladder 21 is limited to 75 units. Fire Replicas manufactures true collectibles in limited quantities for enhanced long-term value. Once fully sold, no additional units will be produced.



Tower Ladder 21 includes a fully custom display case

Preserved and protected in a custom case.
Truck 21 measures 11 inches long and includes a fully custom case measuring 15.25"L x 6"W x 5.25"T. The case includes a stainless steel nameplate featuring the truck/department name and CFD scramble logo.


Chicago Hurricane Tower Ladder 21 

Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21 Scale Model Specs

  • Scale: 1:50
  • Production Quantity: 75
  • Multi-materials including High Def Resin, stainless steel photo etch metal, wire, rubber and other composites.
  • Mounted inside high quality, custom display case featuring etched stainless steel I.D. nameplate.
  • Model Dimensions: 11"L x 2.5"W x 2.75"T
  • Display Case Dimensions: 15.25"L x 6"W x 5.25"T

The History of Truck 21 by Joe O'Brien

Chicago Fire Department Hook & Ladder 21 was organized in 1889, it was formally H & L 1 of the Lakeview Fire Department which was a annexed into Chicago in 1889. It’s originally was a horse drawn Hook & Ladder stationed on Belmont just east of Lincoln with a Chemical Wagon. The original station was a wood frame building which would be tore down and replaced with a brick building in 1927. The new brick building would only serve Hook & Ladder 21 for 13 years as Lincoln and Belmont was a large retail area with stores, and offices. Goldblatt’s, a large retail store wanted the station so it could expand its store which was located next to the fire house. Goldblatt’s and the city reached an agreement as Goldblatts helped get a new two bay Truck house built a few blocks away. A very beautiful station, the truck bay had a larger bay door, while the smaller door bay was used by the 13th Battalion. This station's kitchen was on the 2nd floor, which in fact was the last station to have a kitchen on the 2nd floor in the city.

The new station was able to to hold newer modern equipment, Truck 21 had some awesome rigs while here, when they moved to the new station they still had the 1927 White/Seagrave Tractor drawn rig, From 1944 until 1954, Truck 21 would run a few hand me downs from other companies. In 1954 they got a brand new FWD 85’ tractor drawn ladder. The FWD ran front line until 1970, when it was replaced with a 1970 Ward LaFrance/Grove rear mount unit (the city purchased five of these and they had a massive aerial) In 1974 that truck was sent to Truck 39 and ran front line until 1983. In 1974 Truck 21 received a 1974 AmLaFrance rear mount.

In 1979 Truck 21 would move in with Engine 112 at Damen and Grace, after 90 years as a single truck stationed unit. The newer station, like many in the 70’s and beyond. also consolidated many companies, closing the older stations. In 1979 when both the engine and truck moved in they both had American LaFrance rigs. In 1985 Engine 112 received one of the E-One Hurricane engines and soon after Truck 21 received its 1985 E-One Hurricane tower. Reserve Snorkel 1 (​Fire Replicas Snorkel 1) was stationed here until 1985. Truck 21’s name change to Tower Ladder 21 occurred a few year later. The E-One Hurricane ran front line as Tower Ladder 21 until late in 2003, and was put in the spare pool until 2017. After running 32 years it was sold at auction in 2017.

More About the Scale Model

This Chicago Fire Department Tower Ladder 21 scale model is a museum grade replica of an E-One Hurricane 95' Aerial Platform. Like all Fire Replicas models, every detail is modeled to perfection and with razor sharp precision. The replica features the specific department configuration and graphics, leaving no detail overlooked. The display case is custom manufactured with high quality acrylic and resin. The stainless steel etched plate features the department and truck name, and department seal. This replica is a treasure to be displayed and admired and is in no way a toy.

First production of Chicago E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21

Safety Warning

This is not a toy and not suitable for children under the age of 14. This highly detailed scale model contains small, intricate pieces that may present a choking hazard.

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  • 5
    Outstanding craftsmanship.

    Posted by David Dubowski on 7th Aug 2020

    Incredible rig from back in the 80's.

  • 5
    CFD TL21

    Posted by Scott Sagraves on 30th Dec 2019

    Excellent model of a busy, urban tower ladder. Not much fanfare on the original and Fire Replicas got the essence of this hardworking vehicle just right. Good addition for those collecting older models. I've toured the e-one factory so I was glad to add a E-one model to my collection.

  • 5
    Chicago Fire Department E-One Hurricane Tower Ladder 21

    Posted by Dennis Kromm on 11th Oct 2019

    Some years ago I lived near this Fire House in Chicago and saw this magnificent beast on the street. The Fire Replicas model is the next-best thing to a ride-along in the cab. The detail is amazing and the stance and scale accuracy is second to none. Bravo!

  • 5
    Chicago E-1 Hurricane Tower Ladder

    Posted by Mike on 23rd Sep 2019

    Wow, what a worthwhile purchase! This E-1 tower is outstanding in detail. The smallest features are captured with breathtaking precision. It is a thrill to own another Fire Replicas model.

  • 5
    WOW another exact replica

    Posted by JoeO on 14th Jun 2019

    Fire Replicas shrunk down the 1985 E-One Hurricane to 1/50 scale and did not miss anything. The details of Tower are just outstanding from the cab to the tailboard. Great job definitely glad I got one of them.