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Tools of the trade: Ladder truck

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Bloomington Briefing Published October 6, 2021
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The latest addition to the Bloomington Fire Department’s apparatus and equipment is a 2019 Rosenbauer Tractor Drawn Aerial, better known as Ladder 1. This fire ladder truck is equipped with a 100-foot aerial ladder and is capable of reaching seven stories. 

“We consider it a large tool box on wheels,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jay Forster.  “The ladder truck carries tools and equipment. Its 100-foot aerial ladder along with ground ladders make it possible to reach windows and roofs for rescue and
fire operations.” 

Ladder 1 has equipment for water rescues and extrications, low- and high-pressure lifting bags, ventilation fans, a chain saw and more. The ladder trucks are most commonly used for structure fires, vehicle crashes and technical rescues. Ladder 1 seats six firefighters. It requires two drivers; one firefighter who drives the cab and another to steer the trailer. Ladder 1 is housed at Station 1. Come see a demonstration of ladder trucks and other emergency vehicles at the fire open houses on October 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all six fire stations. For more information about the Fire Department, visit

Truck special features:
  • 100-feet aerial device capable of flowing 1250 gallons of water per minute
  • Onspot auto chains at drive axle, which helps with traction in snow and ice conditions
  • 10KW generator
  • FIRETECH scene lighting
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