Fire district gets new ladder truck

NEWTON FALLS — Needing to be able to reach upper levels of apartment buildings and businesses, the Newton Falls Joint Fire District has acquired a new fire truck to replace a 37-year old vehicle.

Fire Chief Doug Theobald said the new vehicle is a 1987 Pierce with a 105-foot ladder, 15,000-gallon water capacity and 300-gallon tank.

”The new vehicle has a much longer ladder, which we need. We needed the length because the old fire truck’s ladder couldn’t reach the upper floors of some buildings because the setback from the building to stabilize the ladder needed to be 8 feet on each side,” Theobald said.

He said the new truck’s ladder allows for reaching and getting on roofs if needed.

The fire district was able to get the 1987 vehicle for $25,000 from Wisconsin. It arrived in the spring.

Theobald said the 1978 truck ”served its purpose in its day.”

It was ordered in 1978 and was delivered in 1980 at $189,000. The fire truck was a 65-foot-long laddered single axled Peter Pirsch pumper with 200 gallon tank and 1,500 pump.

”It was ordered new and has been in service since 1980, We were able to use it for 37 years,” he said.

Theobald said because of changes in state standards, the department needed a new vehicle.

Bids will be taken for the old fire truck and an old fire chief car through 4 p.m. July 24.