Reedley Fire performs rooftop rescue on live tv

First ladder truck in nearly 30 years

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.


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