County and local officials will be participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Douglas County Fire District No.2’s (DCFD2) new aerial ladder truck on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Melrose Fire Station #3 located at 2830 Melrose Road in Roseburg. Part of the ceremony will include two surprise dedications (one for an individual’s life work; and the other to a long time institution of the Melrose community). Both these special dedications will be reflected permanently on the new aerial ladder truck, and will be unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new, standard edition fire truck is manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, mounts a 77-foot Smeal aerial ladder, and it will cost the community about $518,000 (150,000 less than similar new custom built trucks). Hose nozzles, air packs, prying tools, scene lights, two-way radios, etc. will cost $32,000. Features include:
- A ladder pipe that allows water to flow at 1,500 gallons per minute. This is an improvement over what the current model allows.
- “Smart Aerial” technology. This involves a programmable control of the ladder, allowing gentle starts and stops when raising, lowering, extending or retracting the aerial.
- 1,750 gallons per minute capacity Hale water pump.
The new fire truck replaces a 1992 custom model Pierce truck mounting a 65-foot Telesquirt aerial ladder. The Telesquirt Company is no longer operating and parts cannot be found, which ultimately forced the decision of the district to replace the old truck after several months out of service in order to continue offering the desired level of fire protection for the community. [Read more…] about DCFD2 to Host Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Aerial Ladder Fire Truck