LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department's new aerial fire truck is ready for action, officials say.
The 100-foot Pierce Aerial Ladder Truck, purchased by the village of Lake Placid earlier this year from Tyler Fire Equipment for $921,863, is still being equipped, village trustees said Monday.
But the truck is in service, and it was used Tuesday evening in the department's response to a severe thunderstorm that damaged municipal and private property. Mayor Craig Randall said the truck was used to help remove massive pine trees that fell on top of the village's water filtration plant.
"It takes us quite some time to get something in service," head fire Driver Brad Jaques said. "It was just put into service on July 12. We had to equip it, change things over, get radios installed (and) get people trained on it.
"It's another tool in the toolbox for us," he added.
The department's old truck is listed with a broker, according to Trustee Zay Curtis. The village is asking $10,000 for it. Jaques said he's received 10 or so calls about the truck, which is about 30 years old, but only two have been serious inquiries.
Jaques said other fire departments may be interested in the old truck.
"It's a way for them to get started with a platform (truck)," he said.
"It's something that's not easy to sell," Jaques added. "You'd rather see it go to a department that can use it than see it go to the scrap yard."
Officials hope the new truck will last the department about 20 years.