ROCHESTER, Minn. - Rochester's Truck 12 has been in service for the last 20 years, but it's ready to be put in reserve. A new Truck 12 is taking it's place. The Rochester Fire Department is training with its new truck before it's used in service.
"Really important to go through training before it goes fully in service just so that the motor operators that are driving the apparatus or relief motor operators are prepared to operate it because when it goes into service, they need to be ready for the call whenever it comes in," explains Captain Holly Mulholland. In addition to being newer, the truck has other bells and whistles such as safety features and extra storage.
The department currently has two ladder trucks at two stations. Until now, there wasn't a back-up ladder truck if one of the trucks was down for maintenance or mechanical issues. Now, if one of the two trucks are down, the old Truck 12 in reserve can be used as a back-up and RFD's response times won't be affected.
The new Truck 12 is expected to be in service for the next 15 years, and then will replace old Truck 12 in reserve for another 15 years. New Truck 12 will be ready to be used soon, as early as Wednesday afternoon.