Cleveland (TX) Adds Fire Apparatus to Fleet

Cleveland Fire Department has a new ladder truck that came at a minimal cost to the city.

The bulk of the expense for the 1997 Spartan Quality ladder truck came from trading three older, reserve pieces of equipment. The remaining cost to the city, around $17,400, paid for the balance of the truck purchase, new gages, relettering and pump repacking.

“The truck is a 75-foot quint, which means it has a pump, water tank, hose bed, carries ladders and has an elevated master stream device that can spread copious amounts of water,” said Fire Chief Brian McNevin.

The new ladder truck, which has been driven only 12,000 miles and has 2,000 hours on the engine, replaces two previous trucks because of its capabilities.

The new ladder truck will help the city maintain its Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating, which insurance companies use to establish rates in a city or fire district based on the fire departments in that area having the ability to combat fires effectively. The lower the rating, the lower the insurance rates.

The ISO rating system specifies that a department’s ladder truck must be able to reach the roof of the tallest building in town or 100 feet minimum. The new ladder truck can reach to the roofs of all of the three-story hotels in the city. The ladder can also be rigged to hoist people to safety.

The department is also working on upgrades to Station 2, located on Booth St., next to old city hall. The Cleveland City Council approved the use of $13,000, which the department received from Liberty County for fire calls, to go toward the improvements.

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