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View From 95 Feet Above Wintergreen Fire Department
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After a year’s wait, on Monday, Wintergreen Fire Department took delivery of the newest and only ladder truck in Nelson County. “”This allows us to get a downward spray on the fire and fight it where it is,” says Wintergreen Fire Chief, Curtis Sheets.
On Monday NCL was there for the arrival and training with the new 750,000.00 truck, make that $750,007.10 according to Chief Sheets. We got the chance to ride the nearly 100 feet up in the bucket to grab the view from above. (More pics below)
Chief Sheets slowly raises the ladder to it’s 95 foot maximum above the fire station in Stoney Creek.
“We didn’t have any aerial trucks before this one. The last time we had to get Augusta County to come over it was 1 hour and 18 minutes getting here,” continues Chief Sheets.
Above, Chief Sheets moves the bucket over Monacan Drive in Stoney Creek.
The view looking west along Monacan Drive.
One of the engineers from, SUTPHEN, the company that made the truck, instructs firemen on how to extend the pavement jacks out before raising the ladder.
Members of WFD look over all of the accessories of the new firetruck.
Since Chief Sheets was already above, he took the opportunity to straighten the U.S. Flag out in front of the station on the way back down!
Members of the WFD who will man the new truck have already had 100 hours of training in addition to the next three days before they start using it.