Lebanon Fire District ladder truck

Lebanon Fire District will welcome its newest apparatus into service at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Station 31, 1050 W. Oak St.

The truck, a Pierce 107-foot Ascendant aerial apparatus, is the first new ladder truck ever purchased by the district.

Previous trucks were purchased used from other departments across the country. Purchasing a new apparatus not only gives firefighters the latest and greatest safety and technology but also offers valuable warrant and preventative maintenance support from the manufacturer, according to a news release from LFD.

During Tuesday night’s ceremony, Lebanon Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe will give a brief speech about the planning and acquisition of the truck and department and community members will then push the truck into the apparatus bays, officially placing it into service.

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The push is a historic nod back to the early days of firefighting when horse and hand drawn hose wagons and steam engines were employed. When a new piece of equipment was purchased, the firefighters would ceremoniously push it into the apparatus bay, thus readying it for service to the community.


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