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New ladder truck ready to roll


Firefighters house new ladder truckDES MOINES, IOWA — Thursday, May 30, 2019 — A radio call to dispatch today officially placed Truck-1, a new 100-foot aerial tower truck, into service for the City of Des Moines.  At a commissioning ceremony at Fire Station #1, Fire Chief John TeKippe told firefighters, members of the public and the media that this was a special day for the City.  

“Putting Truck-1 into service is a big day for the fire department but it’s even a better day for the City of Des Moines,” said TeKippe. “The nation’s best firefighters will have an excellent tool to really serve people and that’s a difference maker – we’re excited.”

Following remarks by Chief TeKippe and City Manager Scott Sanders, Truck-1 was blessed by Des Moines Fire Department chaplains.  Firefighters then lined up and ceremoniously pushed Truck-1 and “housed” it into Fire Station #1.  A radio call to dispatch then officially commissioned the ladder truck into service.

TeKippe says Truck-1 will respond to roughly 45,000 emergency calls over the next 15 years. The City’s newest piece of firefighting equipment will enable Des Moines firefighters to access roughly eight stories.  Truck-1 is equipped with numerous ground ladders, tools, a 250-gallon storage tank, a 2,000 gallon-per-minute pumping system and hundreds of feet of fire hose.

The aerial tower truck has the capabilities to respond to a variety of emergencies: fires, hazard materials, emergency medical incidents and public assists. Truck-1 will be stationed at Fire Station #1 at 1330 Mulberry Street and will primarily serve downtown. 

The ladder truck was manufactured by Sutphen Corporation in Columbus, Ohio at a cost of $1.2 million.

CONTACT Lt. Chris Clement Public Information Officer, Des Moines Fire Department (515) 283-4948

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