The City Council approved a request to issue a $1.3 million loan order to buy a new ladder truck, reports The Salem News.
This will mark the city’s first ladder truck in 10 years. The department has relied on two Quints, which double as a pumper truck and a ladder truck.
The number of firefighters on each Quint had gradually been reduced from six to three due to staffing cuts. That meant that the firefighters had to immediately focus on fighting the fire and sometimes wait to perform search-and-rescue and other key tasks.