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City receives New Fire Truck

CFD New Quint

Crawfordsville Fire Chief Scott Busenbark with City's New Quint.  

Crawfordsville Fire Department employees are excited that a new fire truck was delivered at the end of December. 

The new vehicle, which has a 107-foot aerial ladder, is state of the art and will provide another level of firefighting to the local department.

“The guys are excited because they understand the capabilities of the new truck,” Fire Chief Scott Busenbark said. “It is state of the art, but it also means we have two aerial trucks for the first time in the department’s history.”

The new addition will be called Engine No. 2 and is housed at Fire Station No. 2. The truck replaces the existing Engine No. 2 which will be placed in reserve and stored at the new Elmore Street facility.

Busenbark said the 107-foot extension ladder is important for fighting fires. He said the ladder is more important for its reach than how high it can go up in the air. He said with the apartment complexes on the east part of the city, reaching vertically is important since structures are set further from roadways. He also said being able to use the truck for township fires involving larger farm homes and farm buildings will improve firefighting efforts.

Having two aerial trucks will help with the response time to fires. In the past when the CFD needed other aerial trucks, they would have to ask for assistance from Greencastle or Lafayette. With two trucks with long extension ladders, the department will be able to get water onto burning structures in a more timely manner. 

The new truck is a “quint” truck meaning it has a pump, water storage, ground ladders and an aerial ladder. Busenbark mentioned that with the newly acquired Waynetown Volunteer Fire Department aerial truck, there are three quint trucks available locally. Busenbark said in the event of a large downtown fire, or a fire at a manufacturing facility, the county is more prepared than ever to fight large fires.

“We have three aerial trucks we can now use anywhere in the area,” Busenbark said. “That is important in the event we have a major fire anywhere in the county.”

Firefighters are presently training to operate the truck. Busenbark expects the truck to be placed into service in approximately two weeks.

In early December, Busenbark, along with others from his department, traveled to Pierce Manufacturing in Wisconsin for the final inspection of the truck before it was delivered.