Cassville Fire Protection District adds first ladder truck

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The Cassville Fire Protection District recently purchased its first ladder truck, which they say will add another tool in the toolbox to help keep residents safe. The apparatus was purchased in California for $84,000. From left: Cassville Fire Department Captain Chris Reibert, standing on the truck; Travis Little, firefighter; Derek Acheson, assistant chief; Chuck Miner, district administrator; Colby Lakey, firefighter; and Micah Cole, firefighter. Julia Kilmer/

75-foot ladder adds another tool to help fight fires

The Cassville Fire Protection District recently added a 75-foot ladder truck to its fleet, the first the department has ever had.

The 2000 E-One model firefighting apparatus was acquired on April 30 and will be ready for service once equipment is ordered and staff are trained. Sometimes called a Quint, the vehicle can carry six personnel, and a considerable amount of equipment.

Cassville Fire Captain Chris Reibert engages the fire department’s newest apparatus — a 2000 model E-One ladder truck. The ladder extends an impressive 75 feet into the air to help firefighters reach and fight fires. Reibert researched vehicles online for nearly a year before finding the truck, which was acquired on April 30 from the Stanilaus Consolidated Fire District in Riverside, Calif., at the purchase price of $84,000, and delivered to Cassville. Once equipment is ordered and staff are trained, the vehicle, which can carry six personnel, will be ready for service. Julia Kilmer/

According to a press release submitted by Chuck Miner, Cassville Fire Protection District administrator, the apparatus was obtained from the Stanilaus Consolidated Fire District in Riverbank, Calif., which released it earlier this year.

Chris Reibert, Cassville fire captain, said he researched about 20-25 firefighting vehicles online, eventually narrowing the search to eight vehicles before finding the ladder truck.

The vehicle stood out from the others being considered, and Reibert and Assistant Fire Chief Derek Acheson traveled to California to personally inspect it for the district.

Thereafter, they presented their findings and recommendations to the district board and department officers, and upon approval from the board, an offer was made and a purchase price of $84,000 was agreed upon. Transportation was provided by Satellite Transportation of Lawson, Mo.

Reibert said the ladder truck will be a great benefit to the district.

“To me, it’s like having a four-wheel drive,” Reibert said. “Most of the time, you don’t need it, but when you do, you need it really bad.”

In the past, nearby fire districts that had a ladder truck, like Monett, had to be called in for assistance to help fight serious fires, such as fires at McDonald’s and on the square.

Cassville Fire Chief Millard Andrews said the vehicle is in fantastic shape, will be an added benefit and should serve the district well for many years.

“Having another apparatus that can deliver a high volume of water and other capabilities will further improve our mission of providing life safety services in the Cassville area,” Andrews said. “It’s like having another tool in the fire department tool box.”

Once staff are trained, the vehicle will be put into service.

“We’re currently training to get staff familiar with it and having equipment ordered,” Miner said. “Once that’s in, and all training is complete, we’ll start using it.”

The apparatus will be added to the department’s fleet of nine vehicles, including three engines trucks, three tankers and two brush trucks. The department has 28 firefighters on its roster.

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