BELFRY, Ky. – Citizens in the Belfry, Ky. area can feel a little more comfortable with the fire service as the Belfry Volunteer Fire Department has acquired a new ladder truck.
“The new truck has been dubbed Tower One,” according to BVFD Chief Nee Jackson, “It is a 1985 Sutphen 100 foot tower truck purchased from the Buckhannon Fire Dept. in Buckhannon, West Virginia.”
“We got the truck via a bid process,” Jackson added. “We went up twice and looked at the truck and operated it.”
“This truck will greatly help us serve our community with a greater reach on larger buildings,” Chief Jackson stressed. “Our commercial businesses and schools will get higher reach for better coverage from this aerial truck.”
The truck in which BVFD Tower One replaced was a 1982 Spartan FMC which is a 75 foot stick with no platform or bucket to work out of.
“We have had Ladder Eight since 2003 and it was purchased from Peachtree City, Georgia,” said Jackson. “Tower One makes the third Sutphen truck that we own and we have great relationship with them.”
Sutphen is also what all of Williamson Fire Department’s fire trucks are also.
“The extra 25 foot of reach gives us an extra advantage on wider and taller buildings, as well as working out of a bucket and having breathing air connections in the bucket,” Jackson added.
“We are very excited for our new purchase and we also sold our Ladder Eight to the Phelps Fire Department. Having three trucks setup the same way is easier for our guys to pump as well as having neighboring departments having trucks made by Sutphen,” added the Belfry Chief.
The new ladder truck has already been put to good use. “Tower One was used to cut trees during the storm last week,” Jackson said. “It enabled us to be able to work out of the bucket and cut trees from a safer standpoint working out if the bucket.”
Now Williamson, Blackberry, Upper Pond Creek and Belfry all own Sutphen fire trucks which makes it easier to work with in large mutual aid scenes when firefighters are somewhat familiar with the way the trucks work.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)