Darien’s oldest fire apparatus, a 1971 Mack / Baker Aerialscope (Tower Ladder 43
), started its 1,054 mile journey today to Seagrave Fire Apparatus in Clintonville, Wisconsin.
After years of careful consideration and research, the department has embarked on a project to re-chassis the apparatus. The metal structures that make up the original truck’s aerial boom, bucket, jacks, turntable, and superstructure, will be removed from the old Mack CF600 truck. These structures will be inspected, overhauled, re-built, and tested at Seagrave Fire Apparatus. These components will meet or exceed the standards of those that are new.
While the work is done to the original aerial components, a new truck is being built. When complete, a new Seagrave Aerialscope will be returned to Darien, early in 2011.
This strategy saves the town about $300,000. Additionally, the new tower ladder will have a single rear axle with a short overall vehicle length (for improved maneuverability), a low vehicle height (for fitting under railroad bridges), and will remain an extremely safe and versatile fire apparatus to serve Darien for another generation.
During this project, our brothers and sisters from Noroton and Noroton Heights Fire Departments will be providing us assistance with their aerial ladder trucks.
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