The fire truck is here.
On Friday morning, Dec. 6, firefighters welcomed delivery of the new Rosenbauer 100-foot ladder truck.
The nearly $1.2 million firefighting apparatus provides five functions: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders.
“It will reach the top of WorldMark,” Div. Chief David Rankin said.
The tractor-drawn aerial quint — a combination fire truck and fire engine — “meets and exceeds our expectations,” Seaside Fire Chief Joey Daniels said as he inspected the vehicle.
The truck delivers navigability down the city’s narrow one-way streets and more versatility for firefighters.
At 60-feet long, the ladder truck is still “very maneuverable,” Daniels said, because of the steering capabilities of the rear tires. The truck seats six and can store four air packs.
And the bell is “great for parades,” Rankin added.
The new arrival comes after a five-year process, approved by the City Council in late 2017.
The department’s 75-foot ladder truck remained in use while the new vehicle was built to specifications.
“I want to thank the voters and our committee for the five years it’s taken us to put this together, and make it the best utilization for the city of Seaside,” Daniels said.
A formal debut will follow. “Our goal is to get it in service and trained on as soon as possible,” Daniels said. We want all our people to feel comfortable on the ladder and driving around.”