Wheaton buys new truck

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The Wheaton Fire Protection District purchased this new ladder truck about a month ago to help combat fires from different angles. Contributed photo

District to use new ladder truck to better fight fires

Not every disaster can be prevented, but with more tools at its disposal, the Wheaton Fire Protection District will be ready for more.

Taylor Lombard, Wheaton Fire Protection District captain, said the department purchased a new ladder truck about three weeks ago.

“Neosho bought it new, and when they purchased another one, we knew they would be trying to sell it,” he said. “We were able to purchase it from them with funds from the District’s account.”

Lombard said the Wheaton Fire Protection District assists other departments in three counties.

“This is something that we can use to help anyone on any of those mutual aid agencies,” he said. “Everyone here at Wheaton Fire Protection District will have to attend an aerial apparatus familiarization course, and we are hoping we can get some joint training with Cassville and anyone else who has one that would like to participate in a more advanced course.”

In house, there will be driver and driver operator training for the Wheaton Fire Protection District.

“The opportunity just worked out for us,” Lombard said. “We had discussed looking into getting one, then one just happened to be up for sale.”

Additionally, the new ladder truck will replace an older vehicle belonging to the Wheaton Fire Protection District.

The ladder truck can extend 75 feet and will allow firefighters to combat fires from several different angles.

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