Rapid City Fire Department is getting a new ladder truck worth nearly $1 million

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Common Council has approved the purchase of a new truck, the formal name: “aerial fire apparatus.”

There’s a ladder on top of the truck that allows for elevated water streams and rescues.

This new model can also transport more and larger equipment that an average fire engine can not.

RCFD is not sure when the new truck will be delivered but expect it will be sometime this year.

Chief Jason Culberson, Rapid City Fire Department, said, “Ladder trucks are good for rescue, especially in elevated places but it doesn’t have to be. A few years ago we had some folks that were stuck in a vehicle in fast moving water. And we were able to use the ladder truck to reach them without putting any lives in danger.”

The new truck again worth about one million dollars – paid for through the fire departments capital improvement plan, so no additional money will be needed.

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