The Mason Valley Fire Protection District should have its first ladder truck on hand by the end of this month.
The fire district purchased the used ladder truck for $25,000 through a government program from the High Bridge, N.J., Fire Department, where local volunteer firefighter Tony Smith was a former firefighter and thus was familiar with the apparatus.
MVFPD Chief Scott Draper said the funding of up to $35,000, to include the cost of shipping the ladder truck to Modesto, Calif., for refurbishment, came from some local developers whose projects could create a need for the truck.In addition, the fire district board of directors this summer approved funding of up to $45,000 for the ladder truck refurbishment, although Draper at the time said he didn’t expect the cost to be that high.
In Modesto, the truck will undergo safety inspections on the engine, transmission, ladder and pump, Draper said, addressing concerns on the annual certification of the apparatus and looking for other issues. The ladder will undergo an X-ray to ensure it is structurally safe.
It also will be outfitted with emergency lighting needed to meet current National Fire Protection Association standards, and it would be painted to match MVFPD apparatus.