Arlington Fire Department awaiting new service vehicles

The vehicle will broaden the Fire Department's tactical ability to efficiently perform search-and-rescue operations during a fire

  • This truck, belonging to the Goshen (Pa.) Fire Department, is an example of the kind of platform track that the Arlington Fire Department will be receiving in the near future. The truck will aid in search and rescue efforts during fires. (Photo: Goshen [Pa.] Fire Department)
    This truck, belonging to the Goshen (Pa.) Fire Department, is an example of the kind of platform track that the Arlington Fire Department will be receiving in the near future. The truck will aid in search and rescue efforts during fires. (Photo: Goshen [Pa.] Fire Department)
Keaton Pendley

The Arlington Fire Department anticipates the delivery of a new platform-style ladder truck and two new fire pumper engines pending approval of the fiscal year 2017 Capital budget.

The new platfom truck, "Tower 8," which will be parked at Station 8 in North Arlington, and the additional pumper engines will cost approximately $2.3 million, according to a City staff report. The new vehicles will replace three front-line apparatus' which have reached their end of useful life.

With the increase in multi-story residential, mixed-use, and commercial buildings, the department recognized the need for a platform-style ladder truck.

"It will broaden our tactical ability to perform search-and-rescue operations in the event of a fire," Arlington Fire Department spokesman Lt. David Tyler said.

The biggest difference between the style of ladder truck Arlington has now and the new style will be the ability to have multiple people on the platform.

Currently, when rescuing a person, firefighters must take the victim down the ladder before another may be rescued. With the platform, they'll be able to move from one window to another.

The Department is also set to get four new Chevrolet Silverado trucks and six rescue bodies. The two additional bodies will be placed on existing one-ton trucks.

Stations 1, 6, 7, 8, and 9 will each get one of these units.

The purpose of the bodies will be to help in the special operations that each station performs, and help to reduce the number of responses on the heavy fleet for EMS calls.

The sixth truck, "Squad 3," will be placed at Station 3 with the purpose of responding to EMS calls. Currently the city has two other squad vehicles at Station 2 and  Station 4.