Palo Alto Fire Department unveils new ladder truck

Firefighters fired up about improved features, safety

Dozens of firefighters and community members gathered outside of Palo Alto City Hall on Monday afternoon to welcome the fire department's newest member, a $1.2 million ladder truck.

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Posted by Katie
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Thank you PA online for finally putting a positive article on the fire department out. Im so excited that the fire department is keeping up with everyone and finally has a tiller! This is a great piece of equipment to keep our city safe. Im so glad that our firefighters have already had training on the tiller so they can start using it right away!

Lets keep the positive articles about our wonderful fire department coming! They do amazing things for our community and lets show them how much we care.

If you are in support or not of our firefighters, lets keep it positive because you never know when you might need them!!

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Posted by Interested
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Is the tractor single or tandem axle like MTV, we are assuming it has a pumping capability as well..

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Posted by Myron
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Sorry Chief Nickel, buying a bigger ladder truck is not going to change the city ISO rating back to 1. There were other factors that changed the rating. Still, I'm glad that the city went first class with this new truck.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm

Myron, the city never had a Class 1 ISO rating. In the last few years, the city went from an IS0 3 to 2. Many cities have improved their rating as technology improves firefighting and crews get better training.

The tiller is single axle. For small departments like Palo Alto, tandems are less of a maintenance problem. This is because trucks will get called out for medical emergencies and safety support more often than in larger cities. These kind of miles are hard on the single axle break systems. But PAFD will keep the old truck as a reserve.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

The old ladder truck was shared with Mountain View and kept at a fire station in Mountain View. Where will the new even bigger fire truck be kept? Does Palo Alto have a fire station big enough to house this monster?

The old fire truck was purchased soon after Palo Alto Square was built because Palo Alto Square was the only location in Palo Alto that had buildings taller than 50 feet for which a longer ladder would be needed. I think we still have a 50 foot height limit so why are we purchasing monster fire trucks that will probably not be needed!!! Wow!! our City Council wastes money.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm


I'm pretty sure both Palo Alto City Hall and 101 Alma are taller than 50 feet.

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