Pigeon Forge (TN) Purchases Million Dollar Fire Apparatus

The City of Pigeon Forge authorized the purchase of an aerial platform truck for the fire station. The new truck replaces the current, 24-year-old ladder truck.

This truck was originally a demo unit from the manufacturer. It is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, and its overall design will offer better maneuverability and ease of operations. The driver will be able to pull forward into the area during an emergency instead of sometimes having to back in, which will save time.

City commissioners approved $1,065,348.45 for the purchase.

The tip of the ladder is able to reach 100 feet and hold up to 1,000 pounds of equipment and personnel. It is equipped with two nozzles that can be operated remotely. The truck has a water tank and a 2,000 gallon per minute fire pump.

“We looked at some demo apparatuses and tried to look at what would serve our city best for our needs moving forward,” Chief Tony Watson said.

Due to the height and size of many buildings and attractions in Pigeon Forge, Watson said it is important to have a reliable ladder truck available for fire suppression and rescue operations. He anticipates the truck will last a long time for the department.

The truck has a five-year warranty, something Watson said is important due to the most problematic years for a fire truck coming early on.

The only major change made to the truck from the original specifications was the tires. Watson said he felt the change would make the truck better equipped to face certain emergency situations.

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