Green Township Fire & EMS recently placed into service at the Dent fire station a Quint fire truck, which serves as both a ladder truck and pumper truck.
The new truck features a 78-foot ladder and can hold 500 gallons of water. It replaces a 2002 model aerial tower truck that was equipped with a 110-foot ladder.
“We feel this new ladder truck is the best fit for our operation and community. It is large enough for our needs with a 78-foot ladder, although it is smaller than our previous 110-foot truck,” Green Township Fire & EMS Chief Douglas Witsken said.
“The majority of our runs are in residential neighborhoods. The older truck required more room to drive and operate. Essentially, the new truck can go just about anywhere our pumpers can go, and it drives similarly because it has only one rear axle.”
Even though the ladder is shorter, he said the new truck’s smaller profile can get firefighters closer to buildings and to places the old aerial tower could not go.
He said the township sold the old truck to the Middletown fire department for $360,000 and used the money from the sale toward the purchase of the new truck. The new Quint cost $718,000, and the township used tax increment financing funds to cover the balance.
Fire & EMS Lt. Nick Carraher said the new truck is far better suited for the township and makes it safer and easier for firefighters to do their job.
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