According to a report from KWWL, the Cedar Rapids (IA) Fire Department (CRFD) members recently had the chance to train on and familiarize itself with its new 107-foot Ladder 7 aerial truck from Pierce Manufacturing.
CRFD Battalion Chief Brian Gibson said the new aerial offers more versatility on the scene of an emergency than before, creating a higher angle point, allowing for better maneuvering in a tighter space.
All CRFD firefighters received instruction by a factory-direct trainer from Pierce in the Alliant Energy Power House.
The truck cost approximately $1.3 million and will be a frontline response vehicle with a lifespan of at least 15 years. It will be used at Fire Station 7 located at 206 29th Street NE.