EFD Welcomes New Ladder Truck

The Evansville Fire Department has a new aerial ladder truck that will be responding to calls in just a few short weeks.

Posted: Apr 5, 2021 6:57 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2021 7:42 PM

The Evansville Fire Department has a new aerial ladder truck.

The 105' Pierce Manufacturing Ladder Truck was custom built for Evansville to replace a truck that has been in service for 16-years.

The old truck will be kept as a reserve to the new Ladder One.

EFD tells 44News the rig has technology that is a first for the department including a backup camera and the ability to send app alerts to let the community known when Ladder One is responding.

"The computer in the truck will notify anyone in the surrounding area that this truck is on an emergency run in their area," explained EFD Division Chief Mike Larson. The department is still working on the exact details of that alert system and app that it will use. They will be putting out more information once it is ready.

The process of getting the aerial truck has been nearly two years in the making from city approval to manufacturing and will take a few more weeks to complete.

"We're in the process here in our machine shop of mounting all the tools that will go inside all of the compartments," said Larson. "It's not just purchasing a truck, there are all kinds of new tools and equipment that will go inside all of the compartments for the crews to use on the scenes of the fires."

But before EFD started that work, the crew test drove the rig to the Civic Center to pick up Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer, on Monday.

The two city leaders got to ride around the block on Ladder One and were able to see the ladder fully extended.

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