Duluth Fire Dept. first in the state with new model truck

Ryan Juntti
Updated: May 04, 2020 10:23 PM

The Duluth Fire Department is soon going to have a new truck in service that no other department across the state has.

DFD originally placed the order for the Pierce Ascendant Mid Mount 100’ Aerial Tower as their new 1 Tower truck about a year and a half ago, and they received it one week ago.

It was custom built by a manufacturing company in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The new 1 Tower truck is 43' long, and features a 100' ladder, as well as a 262" wheel base.

Deputy Chief of Operations Scott Kleive says the durability of the new truck will allow the department to better stay in service, and therefore, serve residents across the city more effectively.

"Its capability of a shorter wheel base allows us to navigate the city and some of these tight residential areas much better. More horsepower allows us to climb the hills in the City of Duluth better. Allows us to set up much faster. It's just a lot more automation to it," Kleive said.

The new 1 Tower truck will replace another one that was 26-years-old and had needed a lot of repairs. That truck had been in service as a replacement for their previous 1 Tower truck that was totaled after an engine fire in July 2018. 

The new 1 Tower truck will be used primarily to respond to fires in the downtown area, but Kleive says it will also respond to fires all across the city as well.

Kleive says it should be in service by the middle of this month after final equipment is installed, and crews are able to train with it.

The total cost of the truck is about $1.4 million.


Ryan Juntti

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