Members of the Fayetteville Fire Department offered a moving farewell to its first aerial ladder truck on July 1 at Station 20 on East Genesee Street, among several community members and officials. Truck 1 faithfully served the residents of Fayetteville, Eastern Onondaga and Western Madison Counties since 1989, answering as many as 1,250 calls during its tenure. It was turned over with ceremonial keys to new owners from the Morrisville Fire Department. While select fire members assisted in pushing the truck out of the bay for the last time, the sound of bagpipes filled the silence as it made a formal exit toward its new home.
A short time later and with much enthusiasm, the replacement truck -- with lights flashing and sirens sounding -- made its way to the firehouse festivities in its honor. The arrival of "20 Truck" prompted smiles and applause, while members this time assisted its new apparatus into the firehouse bay for the very first time.
"[The committee] started in October 2005," Mayor Mark Olson said, addressing the crowd. "They met with 12 different vendors. That's a lot of fire trucks, a lot of meetings and a lot of different statistics they had to go over."
The new aerial designated 20 Truck is a 105-foot Pierce on a Dash cab and is replacing a 1987 75-foot LTI on a Spartan cab.
Olson also commended the committee's fiscal responsibility and timing by acknowledging the purchase and delivery of the truck as "on budget and on time."
Among the many improvements on the new 20 Truck: It carries 500 gallons of water versus the 300 gallons that Truck 1 held; the ladder extends 105 feet which is 30 feet longer than the former truck; it owns a more powerful generator, and has a pump that is capable of pulling more water than in the past.