WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield’s new $1 million aerial ladder truck is more than just a shiny new piece of equipment; it will help the city’s firefighters get to emergencies faster.
The department unveiled the new truck at their downtown headquarters Monday morning, which was flanked by the 1989 ladder truck it has replaced, as well as a vintage 1957 ladder truck.
Fire Chief Mary Regan told 22News that the truck is custom-built for Westfield’s needs. It was built low enough that the truck can travel underneath the many underpasses across the city.
This allows them to get to fires without having to make any detours, which had been an issue in the past.
“The platform truck now was unable to get underneath the viaduct to get to some areas of town; would actually have to go in an opposite direction to come in. So this truck a mid mount and low ride, so we’re actually able to get under these viaducts. We’ll be able to arrive on the scene a lot quicker,” Regan said.
Another advantage to the new truck is that it is loaded with the most up-to-date technology. Even before they get to a fire, the chief said, the computers in the aerial ladder truck have confirmed how much water they can expect to get from the nearby hydrants.