Eastland Firefighters Push 75k lb. Ladder Truck Into Its New Home

Eastland Co. firefighters are taking their rescues to new heights.

"Hopefully we'll never have to use this ladder because when a ladder goes up normally it's a major fire," said Phillip Arthur, the Eastland fire chief. 

However, first they'll have to work for it.

It took 9 of them to push their 75,000 lb. truck into its new home.

"But that's an old fire tradition," said Arthur, "The first time you put a truck in the firehouse, the fireman push it in."

That's where Eastland's first and only fire ladder truck will stay. 

"You wont see it riding down the road on calls every day, but when we need it we need it," said David Branch, an Eastland firefighter.

Ladder Six has been a major purchase for the city, but the majority here think the more than $700,00 will pay off.

It will serve as the only ladder for firefighters around the entire county.

"We've been waiting on it for years, never dreamed that we would have one," said Branch.

If you really want to know the difference that the new fire truck is going to make, all you have to do is look up at the ladder. 

It will give firefighters 75 more feet of access they wouldn't normally have. 

"It can take anything in our downtown area, churches schools, our shopping areas," said Arthur.

So you can see why it's such a big deal for many around the area who stopped by to take a look at just how high the ladder can go. 

"It's nice to know that they actually have the equipment that they need," said Barbara Fron, whose husband works as a firefighter.

It's also one of a kind.

"It drives like a million dollars," said Arthur.

"It's a career first," said Branch.

Which is why it deserved a proper welcome. 

In total, the volunteer firefighters have raised more than $100,000 this year alone for equipment.

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