Wheeling (WV) Puts New 100-Foot Sutphen Aerial into Service

Photo courtesy of Wheeling (WV) Fire Department's Facebook page.

According to a report in The Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register, a $1.2 million platform aerial, built by Sutphen, recently rolled into the Wheeling (WV) Fire Department as the newest apparatus in its fleet.

The new 47-foot-long mid-mount truck will replace a unit that is nearly half a century old.

The vehicle purchase was approved in October 2019 and paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds.

It features a 100-foot aerial platform with a 300-gallon tank and a 2,000-gpm pump. Ladder 1 took about a year to build and is equipped with several new features like a remote-controlled nozzle at the platform.

Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms said firefighters will take the next month and a half to train on the new vehicle, which is expected to be in service by mid-March.

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