New Orleans Fire Apparatus Goes Out of Service

The New Orleans Fire Department has plans to take a ladder truck out of service and re-deploy firemen to other stations. Ladder truck five is going out of service.

Captain Edwin Holmes with the New Orleans Fire Department tells Fox 8 the removal of ladder five is the result of a study by NOFD to better allocate its resources and reassign apparatus and firemen.

“The objective is to increase manpower and run with four on all units. Of course there will no longer be that extra apparatus. But, manpower through the city is actually being increased with redeployment,” says Holmes. “We took a look at Children’s Hospital and over a course of an eight year period and we had approximately 311 calls to the hospital, 299 were false alarms.

The removal of a ladder truck at the Arabella Station may increase response time by two minutes.

“No change in the pump or the apparatus that bringing the water or for any other type of emergency response be it medicals or anything of that nature for that,” says Holmes.

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