Warren County (VA) Aerial Fire Apparatus Goes Into Service

A 2012 Smeal aerial ladder truck went into service on September 17 at the North Warren Fire Station as a replacement for a 1987 vintage truck that was taken out of service.

That truck was taken out of service more than a year ago after excessive safety problems and repair costs, Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said.

The new truck was a demonstration model with 7,000 miles on it when it was purchased, Mabie said. The county paid $620,000 plus $25,000 for other tools and equipment, a sum that Mabie called “a great price” compared to the more than $800,000 it would have cost to buy the truck brand new.

“We feel we’ll able to get a good 20 plus years out of it at station 10,” Mabie added.

The truck, a quint apparatus, comes with a 105-foot aerial ladder, an ability to pump 2,000 gallons per minute and a 500-gallon water tank.

Other features include extra ground ladders, various forcible entry tools, salvage equipment, emergency medical equipment and hydraulic rescue tools.

Mabie estimated the new truck will average one or two calls a day and travel an average of 2,000 to 3,000 miles a year.

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