Norwood (MA) Getting New Fire Apparatus

The Norwood (MA) Fire Department’s new ladder truck could arrive in the station as early as October 1.

While Norwood Town Meeting approved borrowing up to $1.3 million in November 2011, the fire department was able to purchase the truck with some funds left over.

The truck itself cost $900,000, with an additional $200,000 cost of for equipment.

The truck was manufactured at the Emergency One factory in Ocala (FL).

Shortly after an inspection from Norwood staff, the truck made the three-day journey to Greenwood Fire Apparatus, arriving there on Sept. 4. Greenwood Fire Apparatus is tasked with fitting the truck with new equipment, lettering it and completing their own independent inspection of the vehicle.

An open house will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, during Fire Prevention Week. The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open house will also feature a firefighter gear demonstration and a Jaws of Life demonstration. The ladder truck will be on display and should be the highlight of the open house

Members of the Norwood Fire Department will undergo a couple weeks of training to familiarize themselves with the new truck, including operational and driving training. A representative from Emergency One will be on hand to assist with the training. Though the new truck has some similarities to the older ladder truck, there are many new features.

Additional technology includes a rear view camera, thermal imaging cameras, airbags, an on-board generator and a fully-illuminated LED-lit 110-foot ladder.

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