Information from WYSH Radio/Oak Ridge Today
The Clinton Fire Department will possess the largest fire truck in Anderson County on Friday.
Officials recently agreed to purchase a new truck with a ladder capable of reaching heights of 110 feet and will take possession of it on Friday, according to Clinton Fire Chief Archie Brummitt and Assistant Chief Jeff Little.
The new apparatus is thought to be the largest single purchase in the history of the city at $991,000. The funding came from the city’s capital project fund, as well as a $200,000 donation from Clinton manufacturing company SL Tennessee.
The ladder truck has an expected lifespan of 25-30 years, according to Brummitt, who said the tower truck has been on the department’s wish list for some time.
“We’ve needed one for several years,” Brummitt said. “We have a 55-foot water tower (and) at the time we got it was good for what we needed (then), but now with the bigger buildings we’re getting now, rescue and things like that, it was just time and the time just hit right.”
WYSH expects to have more information on the tower truck on Friday.
The Oak Ridge Fire Department has sometimes sent its tower truck to help respond to fire calls in Clinton, including a fire at the former Magnet Mills in downtown Clinton about two years ago and other calls in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park. It’s not clear how the new CFD tower truck will affect any requests for the ORFD to respond to some of those types of calls after Friday.
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