YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Fire Department welcomed a new firefighting tool into operation Thursday.
The city christened a new 95-foot ladder truck. It is now the second one of its kind in Youngstown.
At a cost of $900,000, the new truck took nearly nine months to build.
Chief John O’Neill said the new truck will mostly serve the south and west sides of the city.
Features on the truck will allow firefighters to respond much quicker to fires.
“They are making the trucks a little easier to drive and maneuver and their speed in operation. In other words when we get to a fire, we can get the truck set up and in the air much quicker, actually probably in less than a minute,” said O’Neill. “Some of the older trucks didn’t have that advantage.”
O’Neill said he expects to get about 25 years of service out of the new truck. Over that time, it will probably respond to 6,000 to 7,000 fire calls.