Members of the Medford Area Fire Commission and Community Development Authority “Kicked the tires” of a new ladder fire truck on Saturday, March 23rd at the Medford Firehall.
Representatives of the Pierce Company of Appleton gave a feature presentation of the 2011 Pierce Ladder truck. The vehicle has a 100 foot ladder with an enclosed work platform, a 2,000 gallon per minute pump, powered by a Detroit Diesel engine. The cab has capacity for 6 firefighters with 5 of the seats equipped with S.C.B.A. air tanks. Several months ago the commission had voted down a used truck and sent the truck committee back to search for alternatives. Commission members expressed their pleasure with this vehicles 5 year new truck warranty. The new vehicle is a demonstrator unit which had been shown at fire shows around the Midwest. Comparably equipped new ladder trucks are selling for over $1 milliion. Final price of the demonstrator unit was placed at $837,000. The department’s current 33 year old ladder truck is lacking many safety and performance features.
The C.D.A. voted to increase their contribution to 33% of the cost of a replacement ladder truck and equipment, up to $250,000.
While the commission members were meeting in closed session to negotiate terms with the Pierce representatives, the waiting Medford firefighters were paged out to rescue an injured snowmobiler. The Medford fire department off-road rescue unit retrieved the injured snowmobiler from the 18W trail south of the Perkinstown tower. The crash occurred about a mile off of the roadway where the Medford ambulance was waiting. The male driver who was with a group of snowmobilers from southern Wisconsin was taken to Memorial Health Center for treatment.
When the Medford firefighters returned to the hall they learned that the fire commission had voted unanimously in favor to purchase the 2011 Pierce Ladder truck. Two members of the commission were absent. The truck was taken back to the Pierce factory for installation of requested features. It’s expected that the new vehicle will be in service within a couple of months.