According to a report from The Tribune, the Seymour (IN) Fire Department (SFD) announced it had received delivery of the latest truck in its fleet: a Pierce Arrow XT.
The 100-foot aerial ladder truck was purchased and built to replace the SFD’s current Ladder 1, which turns 24 years old this year. The $1.3 million rig is powered by a Cummins X12 500-horsepower engine and boasts a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump and 300-gallon water tank, making it the largest capacity truck in the SFD’s fleet.
It can seat four members at a time and cuts setup time, from 90 seconds to 30, noted SFD Chief Brad Lucas.
One step closer to hitting the road. Chief Lucas jumped in today with the B Shift guys to put a nice shine on L1 and start loading some tools onto the truck. Getting closer to being in service.Posted by Seymour Fire Department on Tuesday, February 2, 2021
The mid-mount aerial’s ladder base, where the operator stands to use it, is toward the middle of the truck behind the cab, rather than at the rear of the truck like the previous Ladder 1.
The design makes the new truck slightly shorter (10 feet, 8 inches tall) and more compact, allowing it to fit in SFD’s Station 1 bay.
The truck will be housed at Station 1 so it’s nearer to the downtown area and the hospital.
Lucas said even when the new station is built, Ladder 1 will remain at Station 1. The SFD will sell off it old truck, and Lucas said he doesn’t expect it to bring in more than $100,000.
The new truck also allows Seymour maintain an ISO rating of 3, which is outstanding, Lucas said.
The truck will feature a helmet decal decorated with a stars and stripes theme and the wording “Honoring America’s bravest 9-11-01, we will not forget you.”