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Enbridge donation helps Superior Fire Dept.

Enbridge donates to Superior Fire Department to help purchase new ladder truck. Enbridge donates to Superior Fire Department to help purchase new ladder truck. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: September 25, 2020 08:50 PM

A donation to the Superior Fire Department will now make it easier for them to respond to larger industrial fires.

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The donation comes from Enbridge Energy, and in a way, is in response to the Fire Department's effort to stop the Husky Refinery fire. A year from now, SFD will be able to use their newer, taller ladder truck.

"It's gonna be a ladder truck with a tower on the end of it, it's gonna be 100-foot tall. It's also gonna have some components that will make it more friendly, when it comes to industrial fires." says Fire Chief Scott Gordon. "We have learned a lot in the last few years, industrial fires are different than municipal fires. The City of Superior Fire Department, we're primarily here to fight municipal fires, but we have industrial partners that reside in our borders."

Gordon says the new truck will be 100 feet tall, which is longer than the 75 foot ladder truck they currently have. "When we get up to the top, we're just on a ladder. The difference will be now, when we get up 100-feet, is we're actually on a tower. That allows us to stay there longer, and it's certainly safer. We can have multiple people there for long periods of time."

Chief Gordon says the new truck will allow his department to work more efficiently with industrial partners, should another event like the Husky Refinery fire happen again.

"We're here to respond 24/7, and we're going to do the best we can with what we're given for tax dollars. The benefit that we get from this, is Enbridge gets to have a fire truck that is more specific to their tank farm, it allows us to protect their asset better. It's pretty exciting!"

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