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Benicia Fire Department Gets Replacement Ladder Truck

Fire Station 11 will be home to a refurbished 1991 ladder truck.

The Benicia Fire Department has a new tool to fight fires: A refurbished 1991 Seagrave Ladder Truck. It replaces a 1984 model ladder truck, and will be stationed at Fire Station 11, 150 Military West.

Here are more details, courtesy of the fire department:

The City of Benicia Fire Department received the refurbished replacement aerial ladder truck purchased through Fire Trucks Plus, a used fire apparatus dealer, on December 19th, 2012. 

The replacement vehicle is a 1991 Seagrave Ladder Truck, which replaces the 1984 Emergency One.  As part of the refurbishment, the engine was rebuilt, the aerial ladder was refurbished, the interior surfaces of the compartments were re-finished, and the vehicle was re-striped and lettered. 

The replacement ladder truck has a heavy-duty 110-foot aerial ladder, a full compliment of ground ladders and a large capacity diesel generator.  It will be equipped to support structure fire operations and will also carry hydraulic rescue tools for vehicle extrication and emergency medical services equipment. 

The vehicle is a tractor drawn aerial, which gives the apparatus a great deal of maneuverability. This replacement ladder truck will be housed at Fire Station 11, 150 Military West.

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Kenny December 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM
How tall is the tallest building in Benicia? Just curious.
JC December 22, 2012 at 03:38 AM
It's not how TALL a building is. It's the overall size of the building (and many times - very limited "access points" that can accommodate a vehicle of this size) Ladder trucks are rarely used to reach their maximum vertical height. The "height" of the ladder is usually used to extend horizontally, above a burning structure. The Benicia Industrial Park is home to some massive warehouses. And situations arise, that prohibit placing the apparatus directly adjacent to the location- that water needs to be applied. (Things like storage of flammable liquids - being directly in the path of hazardous fumes - etc....) Therefore, there are MANY potential situations - in BENICIA, that even a truck of this size might not be enough. = = Just thought of another situation. - - - - The High School - or Middle School - etc.... There are very few access points, and therefore - it is very important that the "height" of the ladder is great enough to extend horizontally over other structures, in order direct the application of water, where it is needed. (And many times, it is not direct fire suppression that is needed. But the protection of adjacent structures.) And a final example of the need for a truck of this size..... A fire on an oil tanker, that is at the Valero dock. Hope this clears things up a bit.
Kenny December 22, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Yes it does, thanks for the thoughtful reply.
Rob December 22, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Who is going to staff this piece of equipment? From what I understand, our daily staffing is 8. 3 FF on Engines 11 and 12 and 2 on the paramedic unit. This is a specialized piece of equipment, and needs to have dedicated FF to work on it. Does BFD have plans for increasing our staffing?
Peter Schontag December 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
When a dispatch for a building fire occurs, the 2 firefighters on Rescue 11 move over to staff the ladder truck. Other than that, it is "wait for volunteer or off duty" staff to get to the station.

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