Fire Department Receives New Apparatus and Ladder Truck
Oct 07, 2015 09:36AM
● By Bryan Scott
By Aimee L. Cook
Out with the old and in with the new is how the saying goes. When you are a firefighter, the best equipment is essential to your job. Fire Stations 61 and 62 in South Jordan recently received a new apparatus and ladder truck, Engine 62 and Ladder 61 after more than a year spent developing the custom specifications.
“We are pleased to have these new pieces of apparatus and associated equipment added to our fleet,” Reed Thompson, battalion chief for South Jordan City, said. “They will be greatly utilized in all aspects of what we do to meet the needs of our residents, business and industry, and those traveling through our community. At South Jordan Fire Department we strive for excellence in customer service, particularly when you may be having a trying or life altering experience, and this equipment will help us achieve that goal.”
South Jordan City is the first in the Salt Lake Valley to receive this new technology. The new apparatus and ladder truck are equipped with electronic Jaws of Life that runs on batteries making the need for hoses or other power sources unnecessary, which can be crucial in a time sensitive situation.
“This new apparatus is a wonderful addition to the department. It includes state-of-the-art equipment that will allow firefighters to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively. We are very grateful for the support of the city in purchasing this new equipment,” Fire Chief Andy Butler said.
The outgoing fire engine and ladder truck was used in over 30,000 calls during its service time. The ladder truck will be sold and the fire engine will be moved to reserve status.