Provided by Capt. Jim Kusz, NLFR
Last week members of North Lincoln Fire & Rescue took a long drive to Pasco, Washington to take delivery of a 1998 HME 75 foot Ladder Truck. This truck will be stationed at the Taft Station in the southern part of Lincoln City and replaces the district’s aging 1985 (Ladder 56) truck.
The Pasco truck was purchased for $45,000.00 after North Lincoln Fire & Rescue ran an advertisement in a trade magazine seeking a newer truck. “Pasco Fire Department’s truck fit the bill perfectly;” said Assistant Chief Doug Kerr; “We had a budget of 45,000 and the city of Pasco was willing to sell their truck for the sum”. Division Training Chief, Jamie Mason stated; “A truck in this condition can easily go for three times as much; we really wish to thank the people of Pasco”.
This trucks capability increases the Districts ability to provide suppression on large fires and will compliment the 100 foot aerial platform, Ladder 55, stationed at the north end of Lincoln City that was purchased new in 2008.
The new addition will be numbered Ladder 57 and should be ready to be put into service in a few weeks after being outfitted, detailed and given new graphics.