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A new fire truck is reporting for duty at the Jackson Fire Department. The new “Tower 8” rig arrived at the fire department on Tuesday Nov. 6 after more than a year of planning. This is the first ladder truck the department has purchased in 20 years, coming in at a total cost of $1.1 million.
David Wooden, Deputy Director of Fire Services, says this 20 year investment will greatly improve service to the community. The new rig has a 95 foot ladder, which is 20 feet longer than Jackson’s previous ladder truck. That means Tower 8 is better equipped to make rescues at hard-to-reach house fires and at high rise buildings, stretching up to seven floors. “We can put the bucket right up to a window of a house or a high rise, and people can either come out and go down the ladder, or we can rescue them and bring them down in the platform bucket itself,” Wooden said.
The fire department hopes to have Tower 8 in service sometime in January after fire crews learn how to operate it. Wooden says firefighters are looking forward to putting the new rig into service. “It will better fit our needs than the previous ladder. We want to give the community the best protection we can,” Wooden said.
The new truck is also outfitted with the latest technology, and can pump up to 2,000 gallons of water per minute. The old truck, Ladder 1, will be going into reserve status once Tower 8 is ready for service.
Watch this video to get a close look at the new truck.