Garland Fire Station 11 celebrated taking ownership of their new aerial Truck 11 with an official push-in ceremony on Wednesday, May 31. The new apparatus is a 2017 Spartan 75’ Ladder Truck that will display the designation of Truck 11.
“We welcome Truck 11 to its new home and we wish her many hours of safe operation and pray that she always returns her crews home safely,” said Fire Chief Mark Lee.
The new truck replaces a 2006 Pierce Ladder that has served in front-line capacity since June 6, 2006. That Pierce ladder will go into reserve status, replacing the current reserve truck, a 1991 Pierce that will now go into retirement and be sold at auction.
The new Spartan will carry all sorts of specialized gear, including vehicle rescue equipment, water rescue equipment, saws, tools to assist a downed firefighter rapidly and many others, but the most important cargo on this truck are the brave firefighters who will staff it.
In keeping with tradition, Truck 11 was given a bath using the water from the old truck’s tank. Historically, new fire equipment was delivered on a dusty old road, so it had to be washed down before pushing it into the firehouse. Garland Fire still follows that tradition today, and those in attendance got to help the firefighters complete the drying, as well as help us push her into the apparatus room. Cake and punch were served to finish off the ceremony.