Fire Department set to train on new equipment

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- A pricey piece of equipment will improve the way that fires are fought in the future in Chippewa Falls.

Tuesday the Chippewa Falls Fire Department added a new truck to its fleet.

The City of Chippewa falls voted to purchase its new 2013 Pierce ladder truck for nearly a million dollars last year.

“The technology is more advanced with the truck itself it has a larger water tank,” Chippewa Falls firefighter Paul Jerrett said.

Jerrett says after years of using the Station’s 33 year old Snorkel Truck it was time for a change.

“Recently we had a large fire and we had parts that did break on it,” Jerrett added.

The 1981 Snorkel Truck served its purpose battling one of the worst fire's the city of Chippewa Falls has seen in a decade when a fire broke out in an apartment building in 2012. Mayor Greg Hoffman says the Spring Street fire was a key factor in the decision to purchase the new truck.

“I think that helped us to realize that you can only hold things together so long. I would say when we had that fire it wasn't that the equipment didn't function well but I think we have to be prepared for the future,” Mayor Hoffman explained.

Speaking of preparing for the future, there are a few more things left to be done before the newest piece of equipment gets to the scene of its first fire. Crews will train on it over several days to make sure they are prepared to use the latest tool to fight fires.

“It was a big investment but I think the next 20 plus years we will be prepared and equipped for the safety of the citizens,” Hoffman added.

In addition to the new ladder truck the fire department also received a new ambulance.

As for the old ladder truck, it will still be put to good use in the future. The City of Bloomer has agreed to purchase it from the City of Chippewa falls for more than $17-thousand dollars.

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