By Tara Vocino
The Revere Fire Department got their Christmas present early this year, receiving a new KME tractor-drawn aerial ladder truck, or Ladder 2, at Central Fire Station on Broadway Monday.
“I think it’s an appropriate Christmas gift,” Fire Chief Christopher Bright said. “Firefighters will train on it until then, and it will go into service after Christmas.”
Bright said the truck’s life expectancy is 15 years and between 10 to 15 years for the pump.
“It’s well thought-out,” Bright said. “It maneuvers better than the old one and has more storage space. It will serve the city well.”
Department Mechanic Frank Barry said the truck’s ladder truck length spans 101 feet. The department purchased it for $1.6 million with Capital Improvement money from Fiscal 2017, replacing the current 1989 spare and a 2004 ladder truck from Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing, which has three bids on it currently, according to Barry.
“It is state-of-the-art with brand new equipment,” Barry said. “It has the latest and greatest standards, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. We are moving forward.”
The 58′ long and 96″ body came from KME, out of Pennsylvania. It can seat five firefighters, four in the front, and one in the back, according to Barry.
Bulldog Fire Apparatus General Manager Brian Beaudoin, who drove the new truck into the fire station from Hopkinton, said it’s been a yearlong process since the city voted on the design. “Each department has their own specifications,” Beaudoin said. “For instance, there’s height restrictions and seating capacity.”
Barry estimated that it took four months to design the custom-built truck, involving several pre-construction meetings.
Mayor Brian Arrigo cited the city’s growth as a catalyst for modernization of public safety vehicles. “As we continue to grow as a city, it is important that our emergency services meet the demands to keep our residents safe,” Arrigo said in a statement. “Investing in public safety means more than just manpower; it also means outfitting our men and women with the proper equipment they need to successfully do their job.”
The tractor-drawn aerial truck measures 100′ from front-to-back with a 100′ vertical reach. According to Arrigo, the truck provides the kind of maneuverability necessary to navigate Revere’s narrow streets and intersections, with the rear steering position, the tiller, steering independently from the front of the truck. According to the manufacturer’s website, which features a photo of the Revere truck, the vehicle provides maximum visibility from the tiller position and over 500 cubic feet of storage.
Arrigo pointed out that the new ladder truck is the latest example of investments into the city’s fleet of vehicles. “We’ve invested in new equipment for the Department of Public Works, a new Senior Shuttle for the Department of Elder Affairs, a new truck for the Police Department Traffic Division,” he said. “I am proud of my administration’s track record that will enhance the city’s ability to meet the expectations of the residents and businesses who call Revere ‘home’ and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
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