Fire Department’s New Ladder Truck Represents Major Addition to Fleet

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 8:21 am
Sarah Spohn

Lt. Bill Sedlacek controls the 101-foot ladder of the city’s new platform truck. (Photos by Raymond Holt)

Community members and City officials gathered Thursday at Fire Station 1, 1700 Abbot Road, at the dedication ceremony for the East Lansing Fire Department’s new ladder truck.

Capt. Leo Allaire, who serves as the fire department’s public information officer, said the new “101-foot platform truck will be able to access the newer, high-rise buildings that are being built downtown, and also service the existing ones on MSU’s campus. It should be able to maneuver through the older neighborhoods as well.”

According to a news release, the platform truck cost $980,799 – which was made possible by fleet replacement funds and East Lansing income tax dollars. The new truck’s features include a 360-degree capability, a retractable, 101-foot ladder and platform, and a bucket and aerial command seat – utilizing a high-tech control system.

East Lansing Fire Chief Randy Talifarro (at the podium below) spoke about the department’s appreciation of the new equipment.

“We are excited about the arrival of this new truck, as it will improve our capabilities to fight fires and protect lives in the East Lansing community, while also providing added safety for our firefighter paramedics,” Talifarro said. © 2013-2020 East Lansing Info