A new ladder truck will give the Tuscumbia Fire Department capabilities it hasn't had for many years.
The vehicle will allow the department to access high-rise buildings without having to call in assistance from neighboring departments in Sheffield or Muscle Shoals.
Fire Chief Rodney McAnally said the truck, a 2000 model E-One ladder truck, purchased from the town of Bryant, Arkansas, for $70,000. Bryant is about 20 miles south of Little Rock. The chief said new ladder trucks can cost upwards of $740,000. E-One fire trucks are manufactured in Ocala, Florida.
The purchased truck is one of the items the Fire Department requested when Mayor Kerry Underwood and the City Council told department heads to submit lists of equipment they need, or maintenance or renovations their buildings might require.