New Aerial Platform Ladder Truck Hits The Road On Madison's West Side
A new aerial platform ladder truck is now in service on Madison’s west side.
This 2018 Pierce Quantum Aerial Platform is the second to enter the MFD fleet following the addition of Ladder 8 on the east side in May 2015. It features a 100-foot aerial platform ladder with water tower and 1500 gallons-per-minute fire pump with 300-gallon booster tank. The bucket gives firefighters a safe working area to perform rescues and roof ventilation operations, in addition to other firefighting activities.
The new rig features a self-leveling system, side-view cameras for added safety when maneuvering corners, and a shower head underneath the bucket can be used for decontamination during HazMat incidents or to wash away carcinogens following a large fire. Ladder 7 is also capable of performing high-angle rescue with the use of a stokes basket system.
Aboard Ladder 7 you’ll find new, battery-powered HURST eDRAULIC cordless extrication tools, as well as saws, axes, nozzle appliances, ground ladders, attack and supply fire hose, and EMS equipment.
Once on scene of a fire, the ladder crew’s primary job is search and rescue. Other tasks include laddering a building for occupant rescue and firefighter access, ventilation of smoke and hot gases from the building, gaining access by forcible entry, egress by firefighters, and pulling ceilings and walls to reveal hidden fire when assisting Engine companies who are extinguishing the fire.
Ladder 7 responds from Fire Station 7 on McKenna Boulevard.