Wilson awaiting new $1.3M ladder truck

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For the second time in two years, Wilson Fire/Rescue Services is slated to get a new truck, and construction on the vehicle recently began in Wisconsin.

“This truck will be equipped with over 200 feet of ground ladders and has a 100-foot aerial platform ladder capable of flowing 2,000 gallons per minute or lifting a load of up to 1,000 pounds,” said Deputy Chief Michael Sumner. “This truck is designed to carry a wide variety of forcible entry, ventilation and rescue equipment.”

The department added Engine 4 to the community’s resources in March with the delivery of the $570,124 truck from Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisconsin. The same factory is building the $1.29 million ladder truck, with both trucks designed by members throughout the Wilson department.

“The members were very meticulous about how they designed the rig to make sure they could get all the needed equipment in its proper place for quick deployment on the emergency scene,” Sumner said.

Chief Albert Alston said the department currently has two ladder trucks and the new truck will meet Wilson’s needs for the next 15 to 20 years.

“These trucks provide tactical benefits a standard fire engine is not capable of providing,” Alston said. “A ladder truck is a specialized multi-purpose apparatus that compliments the operations of a standard fire engine. These ladder trucks are capable of conducting elevated fire suppression and rescue operations.”

Construction is slated to finish in the spring with the truck delivered to the department in April. Once it is stocked, the truck will be assigned to Station 1 at 307 Hines St. W.

“Just because you don’t have buildings 80 stories tall doesn’t mean you don’t need tall ladders,” Sumner explained. “Most of the time, it’s about the reach. This ladder allows not only access to upper floors in our buildings at a safe distance, but it assists with rescue operations below grade such as bridges or embankments.”