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First Look: Salem's New $1.1M Fire Truck

Here's a look at the blueprints for Salem's new $1.1 million mid-mount aerial ladder truck.

The blueprints for Salem's new $1.1 million fire apparatus, which is being designed and built by the Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisc., recently arrived at the fire station.

On Monday afternoon, Salem Fire Chief David Cody was nice enough to let us look over the design plans for the department's new mid-mount aerial ladder truck, which is expected to arrive in Salem sometime this fall.

The $1.1 million purchase was included in the city's Capital Budget Plan for 2012. When the new ladder truck is completed, hand-inspected and and driven from Wisconsin to Salem, Cody said Ladder 1 will be sent to Station 4.

"We're not sending any of our older trucks to reserve status - with this purchase we're adding one new truck to service," Cody said.

The department's new ladder truck will be a "mid-mount tower" complete with a rear-mounted bucket, similar to an apparatus currently used by the Chelsea Fire Department - one that Cody said will better-equip the Salem Fire Department to handle larger fires.

"The bucket is just such a stable platform that it almost acts as a crane," Cody said. "Sometimes you end up putting people out onto rooftops that are pitched and with this truck you can just line the bucket up and work right from there."

There is no timeline for completion of the new ladder truck - though Pierce Manufacturing completed Marblehead's new $1.2 million quint in less than a year.

Rick March 12, 2013 at 02:28 PM
There are some serious errors in this story. The truck will be a "mid-mount tower", not power. It will have a rear mounted bucket, not a bucket loader. In fact, bucket is sort of a slang term. Aerial platform is the correct description.
Owen Boss (Editor) March 12, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Thanks, Rick!
chester suchecki March 12, 2013 at 06:30 PM
there ia a story on moderm marvels on the history channel about this company pierce manufacturing its parent company is oshkosh trucks that makes fire vehicles for airports and military vehicles . you can find bacl stories of modern marvels on hulu networks on your computer . its free. the fire truck show is the building from start to finish of a complte fire truck. its very cool for you gear heads.

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