New Ladder Truck Gives Palo Alto Fire Department Greater Firefighting Capabilities
The Palo Alto Fire Department has a new weapon for fighting fires—a Pierce Tractor Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck ("Tiller"). The truck, which will replace a 1998 Spartan Hi-Tech Quint Aerial Ladder Truck, has far greater capabilities than the existing truck and will be able to provide a higher-level of service to the community.
The new Pierce model truck offers significantly more storage for vehicle extrication, technical rescue operations and water evacuation equipment; an increase in ladder reach from 75 feet to 100 feet; and better maneuverability through the narrow and dense Palo Alto streets and neighborhoods. The new ladder truck is also the only apparatus in the fleet capable of accommodating an additional person and up to 25 percent more equipment.
“We are excited to add this new Tiller truck to our fleet,” Palo Alto Fire Chief Eric Nickel said. “It will provide the community with a dependable, safe, state-of-the-art apparatus that will enhance community service and safety for many years.”