Two new, replacement fire trucks, more capable of manoeuvering around densely developed areas, will soon be in operation by Richmond Fire-Rescue.
The trucks, which cost $1.87 million, replace two aging vehicles from the fleet and the city is in the midst of searching for a replacement of a third vehicle. The trucks were on display at Richmond City Hall Tuesday. One is a pumper truck, while the other is a 105-foot ladder truck capable of reaching tall apartment units.
The trucks are said to have enhanced movements and operations in urban settings, thanks to a tighter turning radius for the ladder, which is the longest in the city’s history. The trucks join the 21st-century in having steering wheel-mounted controls. The trucks also provide easier access for firefighters through enhanced design.
The new trucks replaced vehicles that were already two years past their industry standard lifespan of 20 years. The fire department is eyeing a third new, truck for about $812,000.
Frances Clark, an outspoken critic of the city’s present management of fire services, said the department requires new, additional trucks. She also said the city has several locations that are underserved.