Fresno, Calif. - For the first time in nearly 30 years, Reedley Fire Department now has a new ladder truck.
Fire Chief Jerry Isaak says the lift can reach as high as 101 feet off the ground.
The fire engine replaces a 1989 model year truck with improved capabilities.
The previous engine could only reach 75 feet.
The new one comes with a remote control to operate the lift.
The aerial platform ladder truck cost the city $925,000 and comes from Lyons, South Dakota.
Chief Isaak says the ladder will also be used in river rescues, giving firefighters the ability search for victims from above, giving them a bird's eye view of the scene.
It can pump 2000 gallons of water per minute.
Reedley is one of the few remaining full-time volunteer Fire Departments in the State of California.
There are about 40 volunteers.
The department has been around since 1888.