According to a report from The Falmouth Enterprise, Falmouth (MA) Fire/Rescue (FFR) has taken delivery of a new combined ladder and rescue fire truck from Pierce.
The new Ladder 26, which will be kept in the Main Street station, was funded in 2019 for $1.5 million and will replace FFR’s current ladder truck, which was used for technical rescues. The ladder truck it is replacing was built in 1991. The final price tag was for $1.2 million; the remainder of the funding will be spent on outfitting the truck with equipment.
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FFR Deputy Chief Scott Thrasher said the truck is safer and more efficient than its predecessors.
The 107-foot aerial comes with a built-in water hose with an electronically controlled telescopic nozzle. The aerial is also safer for the occupants as well, featuring roll protection, shoulder belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes were added. In addition, it is 4,000 pounds lighter than other ladder trucks, making it easier to handle and will consume less fuel.
FFR Chief Timothy R. Smith said the new addition will save time, help staffing, and deliver a more focused water stream.
To function as rescue truck, Jaws of Life, cribbing, jacks, air bags, and other equipment will be added.
Thrasher said the department wanted a compact truck for easier maneuverability, but it also had to hold all the tools for the job.