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FWFD unveils new ladder truck one

Ladder trucks one and 12 are just over 46 feet long and 10 feet high. That height can clear any overpass in the city, so firefighters don't have to find alternate routes.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 6:39 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 12:05 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Fort Wayne Fire Department held a ceremony Wednesday to welcome the new ladder truck one to their fleet.

The ceremony included a spray down of the new ladder truck, a blessing and prayer, and firefighters and the mayor pushing the truck back into the station.

Engines one and 12 are just over 46 feet long and 10 feet high. That height can clear any overpass in the city, so firefighters don't have to find alternate routes.

The rigs also seat six.

Chief Eric Lahey said the ladder truck represents having the highest quality of equipment for the department.

"[It] Represents about a $2.3 million investment by the citizens into their fire department, so it's a significant investment, one that was long overdue," Lahey said.

The department now has five ladder trucks and three reserve trucks in its fleet.

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