The Salmon Arm Fire Department’s brand new ‘Tower 3’ fire truck is expected to be arriving in Salmon Arm at the end of April. The ladder is 104-feet long and can reach seven- to eight-storey buildings. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

The Salmon Arm Fire Department’s brand new ‘Tower 3’ fire truck is expected to be arriving in Salmon Arm at the end of April. The ladder is 104-feet long and can reach seven- to eight-storey buildings. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Salmon Arm’s Tower 3 fire truck with a 104-foot ladder to arrive at end of month

Firefighters excited to start training on new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander aerial platform truck

Anticipation is building at the Salmon Arm Fire Department, as the delivery of a new fire truck rolls closer.

This is no ordinary truck – it’s Salmon Arm’s brand new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander Aerial Platform ‘Tower 3,’ which is expected to arrive near the end of April.

“We’re excited to receive the new piece of equipment,” said Fire Chief Brad Shirley, pointing out firefighters will need a significant amount of training with it before it’s put into service.

“It’s a much larger unit than our current truck… It is a tandem axle so some members have to upgrade to class 3… It’s also a much taller ladder,” he said, explaining it also has a bucket on the end of the ladder the current one doesn’t have.

Shirley and Deputy Chief Gary Lebeter went to Red Deer, Alta. to do a final inspection.

He said the new truck will really make a difference for how high crews can go to a building, how close they can get to it.

The 104-foot ladder, about double the length of the current one, can reach seven to eight storeys, he said.

Although Salmon Arm’s tallest buildings currently are six storeys, Shirley said one of the reasons the fire department chose a bigger truck is because the department has to keep it for 25 years. The way the city is growing, the extra height will likely be needed.

The truck is worth $1.6 million.

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Deputy Chief Gary Lebeter and Fire Chief Brad Shirley travelled to Red Deer, Alta to do a final inspection of Salmon Arm’s new Tower 3 fire truck. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

Deputy Chief Gary Lebeter and Fire Chief Brad Shirley travelled to Red Deer, Alta to do a final inspection of Salmon Arm’s new Tower 3 fire truck. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

The Salmon Arm Fire Department’s brand new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander Aerial Platform ‘Tower 3’ fire truck is expected to be arriving in Salmon Arm at the end of April. The ladder is 104-feet long and can reach seven- to eight- storey buildings. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)

The Salmon Arm Fire Department’s brand new 2022 Rosenbauer Commander Aerial Platform ‘Tower 3’ fire truck is expected to be arriving in Salmon Arm at the end of April. The ladder is 104-feet long and can reach seven- to eight- storey buildings. (Salmon Arm Fire Department photo)