Enfield fire welcomes new aerial

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Truck comes with 100-foot platform ladder to reach apt. buildings; will go in service in mid-March

ENFIELD: Firefighters in Enfield were like kids on Christmas morning getting that new toy they wanted — only this new toy was a $1.35 million (Cdn) aerial fire truck.

After being delayed a couple of days from its original arrival date, members of the Enfield department and community welcomed the new E-One manufactured fire truck to its new home at the Enfield Volunteer Fire Department on Feb. 15. Members got to check the truck out, before doing some “playing” with it for a little bit in the St. Bernard’s Church parking lot as they became accustomed to it.

VIDEO: The new Aerial arrives

Enfield Fire’s new truck committee stands atop the new 100-foot platform aerial fire truck from E-One in Florida. They include: Bordie Oakley; John Cummings; Fire Chief Terry MacAloney; Francis Ledwidge; and Jeff Goodwin. The new truck arrived on Feb. 15. (Healey photo)

“This was a long project with some challenges along the way. I’m very happy with the final product,” Enfield Fire Chief Terry MacAloney said in an interview with The Weekly Press. “This truck will be a great asset to Enfield and East Hants as this the only truck of its type between Halifax and Truro.”

Besides MacAloney, also on the truck committee with Enfield Fire that helped in the design and purchase of the truck were Bordie Oakley, Francis Ledwidge, John Cummings, and Jeff Goodwin.

“They were a great group for me to chair,” said MacAloney. “I would also would like to thank the membership for the support on this project. This is replacing a 20-year-old truck. “

One of the key things in the purchase of the truck is it’s an upgrade over the current aerial fire truck in service.

The purchase of the E-One truck was done using the department’s tax levy and fund raising (bingo).

MacAloney said that half the cost for the truck has been paid for already, with financing for the rest of the truck seeing it paid off in less than five years.

“This truck is an upgrade from the truck it is replacing with a longer ladder and having a platform,” he said. “When we get a new truck of this style it has a 20-year life span.”

The truck was needed as the Enfield and East Hants Corridor continues to grow.

“With all the new development in the Enfield and East Hants area, this is a truck that should cover us for current and future developments,” said MacAloney. “With the increase in commercial and apartments in the area, it will make it safer for our firefighters and the community.”

Enfield Volunteer Firefighter Luke Guthro (left) and girlfriend Lindsay Lefresne look at the new 100-foot aerial platform fire truck the department purchased after its arrival on Feb. 15. Several members of the department came to play with it after its arrival. (Healey photo)

Planning for the purchase of the new truck started five years ago, with the committee looking at what the department’s needs were for the present and future.

The new aerial truck features a 100-foot ladder, with a platform on the end of it.

“This is a great safety feature, as firefighters don’t have to climb the ladder to get to the top,” he said. “This was one of the main reasons for the platform truck.

“This 100 foot may seem a little higher than we require, but the real advantage is the horizontal reach of 92 feet. This will let us park on the street and reach buildings that we normally could not reach and give us a safe distance from a building.

“We have a traffic arrow board on the rear of the truck if we need to take it to the hwy for vehicle fires.”

There is also plenty of compartment space to store fire equipment, and it carries water and foam with seating for six firefighters.

“The truck is very versatile for the community,” said MacAloney.

MacAloney said firefighters will be training on the new truck for the next little bit, with it not expected to be in service for calls until mid-March.

Firefighter Chris Myers smiles as he tests out the driver’s seat in the new aerial platform fire truck the department received on Feb. 15. (Healey photo)