Firemen got training on the new engine one based at station number one at City Hall several days this week, and the department hosted an unveiling of the truck with firemen’s families Thursday evening.
The ladder truck is getting rave reviews for its capabilities and sharp profile.
“It beat every expectation that I had,” said Chief Lucky Briggs.
Training will be ongoing to get firemen up to speed on all of the truck’s features. It includes foam capabilities and will give the department “an aerial on each scene that we go to now, without question,” said Briggs.
The approximately $820,000 Sutphen was purchased with grant funds that required a 5 percent local match. Briggs said it was a big plus not to have to take on a payment.
The truck replaces the previous engine one. In about three years, the city will need to replace another pumper truck, the chief said.