The Alameda Fire Department has received a new tractor-drawn, aerial ladder truck, acording to an AFD press release.
The truck, which operates with a driver in the front and a “tiller operator” in the rear, will provide for improved maneuverability for some of Alameda’s narrowest streets, including those in the Bayport neighborhood and on Bay Farm Island, AFD officials said.
This design is typical of other ladder trucks being used by fire agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation.
This truck was included in the department's 2011-2012 budget. It will replace the aerial ladder truck at Fire Station 1, 2401 Encinal Ave., which was purchased in 1991.
Fire Chief Michael D’Orazi said, “Having a reliable state-of-the-art ladder truck to replace a 21-year-old piece of equipment is a major improvement in our operational readiness and our emergency response capability.“
Driver training for the new truck began early this year with a “trainer tiller truck” loaned to Alameda by the San Francisco Fire Department. This same training will continue on the new ladder truck. It is expected to be placed in service later this year.