Anchorage firefighters welcome new truck with old tradition

Bob Hallinen

Anchorage Fire Department personnel from Fire Station 5 in Spenard push the new ladder truck into the station Wednesday. The tradition of pushing a new truck into the station originated from the era when rigs were horse-drawn and firefighters had to push them back into the station after a call. The new 100-foot aerial platform ladder truck built by Smeal from Snyder, Neb., has a state-of-the-art computerized leveling system and can do rescue work and spray water. It also has equipment for ventilation, rescue, forcible entry and new Hurst electric extraction equipment. The ladder truck was delivered on Christmas and has been undergoing outfitting and testing. The truck was put into service Wednesday.