Leadville Gets a New (slightly used) Fire Truck
There’s nothing like a bright red fire truck to capture a child’s attention. You could also say the same for local residents yesterday when the Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue crews had the new (well, new to this crew anyway) straight stick ladder truck out at the Mining Museum for a “test run.”The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue crew tests out the new straight stick truck on Saturday at the Mining Museum. The new vehicle arrived on Friday.
According to Fire Chief Dan Daily, the new piece of equipment, which arrived on Friday – is a 1989 Pierce-Lance straight-stick fire truck with just over 17,000 miles on it.
“I went out to Springfield, Missouri to look at three different fire apparatus,” explained Chief Dailey. After weighing the options, this fire-fighting vehicle found a new home in Leadville. But before that, the truck underwent a thorough inspection with Jon’s Mid America, a company in the business of selling and servicing new and used fire trucks and fire apparatus since 1974.
“They take in the truck and go through it top to bottom, making any necessary repairs, making sure everything is certified and in good operational order,” explained Dailey.Local firefighters will continue to train with the new truck, said Fire Chief Dan Dailey.
And while most harken back to the old-school days when a fire truck was just a fire truck, the high-tech approach to fighting fires now refers to trucks as fire apparatus. And each piece of equipment has a very specific purpose.
In fact, a fire engine and a ladder truck are two different types of firefighting apparatus, each with its own set of responsibilities. Fire engines are in charge of deploying the hose lines, and are equipped with a water tank, a pump to propel the water, and various hoses. Meanwhile, the ladder truck allows the crew to enter a building on fire from the top, providing necessary ventilation, and performing search and rescue operations.This newest addition to the local fleet of fire apparatus has a 105 foot reach.
When it comes to purchasing an aerial device, one of the major questions firefighters confront is whether to go with a platform (these generally have the buckets) or a straight stick. There are great benefits related to the speed of operation with the latter choice, as demonstrated by local crews in the video below, the straight stick maneuvers quickly and smoothly from one rooftop to another. These trucks also have a solid reputation for working in tighter areas, something Leadville residents are familiar with neighbor to neighbor.
“It’s a great truck, and will serve the local community well,” concluded Chief Dailey. The Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue team will continue training with the new apparatus, ever vigilant for the next unfortunate disaster. Stay safe out there, guys!
Here’s a Video of the New Truck in Action!