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New Ladder Truck Ready to Roll
The Hanover Park Fire Department has taken delivery of a new custom built 100’ Ladder Truck. The unit, known as a Tower Ladder will replace the department’s current tower ladder. The old tower will be kept and used as a spare.
Tower ladders are unique pieces of equipment in that they have a basket attached to the end of a heavy-duty ladder. This basket provides a stable work platform for firefighters to use when making rescues. The basket is also equipped with a movable nozzle that has the capability to flow 1,000 gallons of water per minute. This makes the unit very versatile and very useful at fires requiring heavy caliber or elevated streams.
Besides the heavy-duty ladder and basket, the unit also carries a variety of different sized ground ladders, fire and rescue tools, a 300-gallon water tank and a 1,500 gallon per minute pump. Unlike the old unit, this new truck also carries a full compliment of paramedic equipment. It will respond to calls in the Village and is available to assist our surrounding communities as needed. This new apparatus is expected to be part of the Village fire fleet for the next 30-years. The unit will be used “front-line” for the first 15-years and then used as a spare for the remaining fifteen.
The Tower Ladder carries a radio signature of “Tower 15” and will respond from the headquarters station on Barrington Road. The unit will be easily identifiable with its black painted ladder and the large T-15 emblazoned on the basket. Watch for it as you see it around the Village. Feel free to take pictures or have the firefighters give you a quick tour of the new unit. Photos coming soon!