Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo and other village and fire department personal officially welcomed a new fire truck to the village of Niles.
During the ceremony, firefighters drove the new fire truck in front of the Village Hall. The vehicle includes a number of new features.
The Niles Fire Department has been field-testing the vehicle for the past few months, and it recently entered service. Robert Greiner, NFD’s District Supervisor, told Niles Herald-Spectator that the new truck has already proven to be useful – and that the department expects that it would continue to be a great addition to the fleet.
The fire department acquired the vehicle last year. According to the village, it was built by the Appleton, Wisconsin based Pierce Manufacturing. The vehicle is eight feet wide and the ladder can extend up to 11 feet and four inches, making it the largest fire truck in NFD’s fleet.
In a first for the department, the fire truck’s ladder features a basket-like platform that can lift up to 500 lbs. Firefighters refer to the firefighting vehicles that has this type of ladders as “towers.” When the ladder is used, four support “legs” extend out, anchoring the vehicle and helping to keep it stable. Firefighters can control the ladder while they are in the basket, which is expected to help them use water against fires more effectively.
Greiner explained that the big advantage of the basket is that it can carry fire-fighting equipment — something that came in handy when the firetruck was recently used to put out a fire in Morton Grove.
“It was a good thing that we got it,” he said. “It worked really well.”
The fire truck has several other new features, including a dual screen command information center, more spacious cab passenger sitting and improved LED lighting.
According to the village press release, the firetruck cost $1.1 million, and it has a life expectancy of 20 years.
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