Community members and Joplin Fire Explorers joined Joplin
firefighters and City officials as they pushed a new 100-foot aerial ladder
truck into an empty fire bay at Fire Station #1, as part of an “Apparatus Housing Ceremony” held today.
The Pierce Truck, ordered in December 2015, was built to
the Joplin Fire Department’s specifications and recently delivered to the
department. Since arriving to the Joplin station, firefighters have been adding
necessary gear and the emergency communications system, as well as holding
training sessions with this new platform truck. Crews will perform acceptance
testing to check all the equipment for proper operations, driving the truck,
and using the pumping system prior to releasing it for service.
This new truck replaces a 2001 HME 75-foot aerial fire
truck that has served the City for more than 15 years. The trade agreement
allowed $45,000 deduction for the 2001 truck, bringing the actual cost to the
City as $1,051,216 for the fleet’s newest addition. It will go into service
immediately following the housing ceremony.