The 2012 model E-ONE truck features a 100-foot ladder with a platform – a feature which greatly extends the reach of a firefighter in an emergency situation. Under pressure, the aerial’s nozzle can deliver water at a rate of up to 1,000 gallons per minute. The new truck has replaced a 1986 model aerial fire truck that was nearing the end of its life cycle.
“The purchase of this new aerial fire truck enhances our ability to successfully fight large fires,” said Acting Fire Chief Richard McCullough. “As we’ve seen in recent years with the fires in the Cotton Mills area, The Barn apartments and others, large fires do occur.”
The Fire Department now has two E-ONE aerial ladder fire trucks in its fleet, and this will result in efficiencies when it comes to firefighter training, fleet upkeep and maintaining inventories of replacement parts. In addition, the E-ONE model fire truck is built with aluminum, which is lighter and more weather-resistant than steel, leading to a longer field life and less wear and tear.
“This new truck supports our efforts to build a safer community by equipping our firefighters with the necessary tools to help keep us safe,” said Mayor Bob Kilger.
The City budgeted $1.2 million for the new aerial ladder fire truck in the 2012 budget, and it is part of the City’s overall vehicle financing plan for 2012. It is being financed over 10 years.