The Utica Fire Department just put three new apparatuses into operation: a new paramedic engine for Engine Company 5 in north Utica; a new 75-foot aerial ladder for Truck Company 3, which will be used in any station in the city as needed; and a new 100-foot tower ladder for Truck Company 2 in downtown Utica.
Each of the apparatuses was designed to increase firefighting capabilities, with Utica streets in mind.
“With the design of this tower ladder, it's much easier position, it’s got a lower center of gravity,” said Utica Fire Chief John Kelly. The aerial is actually a lower in the street and it can get under wires and tree branches, which has been a big concern of ours, because we are an older city and we do have challenging neighborhoods to respond to, very congested and tight. The design of this apparatus will definitely improve the ability to put the aerial ladder up and function as needed.”
There are the first new apparatuses purchased for the Utica Fire Department since 2008. They come from Sutphen Corporation, and the cost of them has not been disclosed.