According to a report from Spectrum News 1, Chicopee (MA) Fire Department (CFD) members are now training on their new $1.2 million ladder truck, Ladder 5, after their previous truck was deemed unsafe to use by the the city.
Mayor John Vieau and the city council approved the funds to replace the previous ladder truck, which had been in use the CFD for more than 15 years. The new apparatus shares many similarities to its replacements. The KME ladder extends 101 feet tall; although there are no high-rise buildings in the town, the CFD says the ladder is needed to reach a building or its occupants from the roadway in the event of a fire or rescue.
CFD Lieutenant Katie Kalbaugh said the CFD’s previous ladder truck was from 2005 and was rusting and becoming unsafe to use.
The new truck will respond from Station 5 in Willimansett, located on Chicopee Street.