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This article about our newest aerial truck was recently published in Fire Apparatus Magazine.
The Stamford (CT) Fire Department was in the market for a rear-mount aerial ladder to replace one of the three aerials in its fleet, so it put together a committee to develop the specs for the kind of rig it wanted. But before the department could award a bid, its 100-foot midmount aerial platform had to be taken out of service because of potential ladder failure issues, throwing the department’s entire aerial purchasing process into limbo. “We couldn’t be without a tower ladder,” says Eric Lorenz, Stamford’s deputy chief. “We hadn’t awarded a bid for the rear-mount ladder we had spec’d, so the chief asked me to explore getting a new tower ladder, especially if we could get added onto another department’s bid or get on a government buying program.”
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