JONESBORO, Ark. – The City of Jonesboro Fire Department received a new aerial ladder truck this week and is outfitting it with cutting-edge safety and rescue equipment for use in emergencies throughout the municipality.
Purchased at a cost of $918,490, the 2017 custom ladder truck has a 107-foot aerial ladder. It can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute and carries a 500-gallon water tank. It will house a variety of tools and equipment for firefighting and forcible-entry purposes, as well as extraction equipment for rescues from vehicles or other types of machinery.
The truck is assigned to Station 2 at 1413 W. Nettleton Ave. and will be in service next week.
“This new truck is expected to be in service for the next 15-plus years, helping to protect the citizens and visitors of our city,” Fire Chief Kevin Miller said. “We are fortunate to be able to add this truck to our fleet.”
With this new addition, an older ladder truck housed at Station 2 will be moved to Station 4. A 2006 model at Station 4 then will become a reserve.
The new truck will also help Jonesboro preserve its ISO Class 1 rating.
“That’s a benefit to every homeowner, renter and business owner in the city,” Mayor Harold Perrin said. “That ISO rating saves every one of us on property insurance.”
Photo1 — Chiefs with fire truck: Assistant Fire Chief Alan Dunn and Fire Chief Kevin Miller in front of the Jonesboro Fire Department’s new ladder truck, which is being equipped and will go into operation next week.
Photo2 – Fire truck at night: The 107-foot aerial ladder is extended and lighted.
Photo3 – Fire truck 2: Some utensils and equipment are added to the truck’s panels.
Photo4 – Fire hoses: Hoses are laid out at Fire Station 2 on Nettleton Avenue before being attached to the new truck.