Opelousas (LA) Accepts Delivery of New Fire Apparatus

The city of Opelousas (LA) received a state-of the-art, 77-foot ladder truck at the Central Fire Station.

The new $619,000 truck will not cost tax payers.

The parish was awarded about $12 million in hurricane recovery funds by the Louisiana Recovery Authority following hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The parish and every municipality got a piece of that money, and Opelousas and parish government agreed to both use a part of their shares to purchase the truck.

Although the truck will be based in Opelousas, as part of that agreement, it will be available to every department in the parish as needed.

Fire Chief Lee Cahanin said the truck is coming at a good time in terms of those fire ratings. The city is reviewed every five years, and the rating review process is underway right now.

The city has a fire rating of two, making it one of only a handful in the state to achieve such a score.

The truck has a 77-foot extension ladder, which gives the department the ability to fight fires in buildings up to six stories tall. Although there aren’t many buildings that tall in the parish, the truck can give firefighters the ability to stand off from bad fires in smaller buildings and still provide the water needed to battle the fire.

The truck comes with both side and rear cameras that allow the driver to see what is happening all around the vehicle.

The truck also comes with a computer-aided pressure monitor, which allows it to automatically adjust its flow rate regardless of how many hoses it is operating.

Specs for the new truck:
HD-77 Aerial Ladder truck
Ferrara Igniter custom fire chassis
Cummins ISL9 450 hp engine
Seating for six
Heavy-duty extruded aluminum fire body
Three-section rear-mount heavy-duty aerial ladder
Flow rate of 1,500 gallons per minute
300-gallon poly water tank

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