Fire ladder truck arriving in June

GLOVERSVILLE – City Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam notified the Common Council on Tuesday that she has been informed the nearly $1 million ladder truck is expected to arrive on June 16.

She said those who deliver the new truck will also be staying in the area about a week to train the department on the many functions and uses of the new apparatus.

In August, the city decided, after years of being turned down by the federal government for a grant to buy a new ladder truck for the Fire Department, it would buy one on its own.

The city needs a truck with an aerial platform with pumping capabilities that includes at least a 100-foot aerial ladder, a 2,000-gallon-per-minute pump and a tank capacity of 500 gallons.

The aerial device is needed for reaching heights greater than two stories for rescue, fire suppression and other operations, Whitman-Putnam said.

On Thursday, a three-story barn was completely destroyed by a large fire and the Johnstown and Amsterdam fire departments were called to the scene for the use of their ladder trucks.