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Jun 09 2017

St. Johns Fire District Receives New Truck

By Fire Marshal Ryan Kunitzer for The Island Connection

The new ladder truck will be housed at Station Four on Kiawah Island. (Photo courtesy of STJFD)

The new ladder truck will be housed at Station Four on Kiawah Island.
(Photo courtesy of STJFD)

The St. John’s Fire District is proud to introduce a new addition to its fleet with the arrival of a custom built tower ladder truck. This 47-foot long tower ladder was built by Pierce Manufacturing and features a 95-foot tower platform, seating for 6 firefighters, 2,000 gallon-per-minute water pump, 155 feet of ground ladders and an array of equipment and tools. This new apparatus will be housed at Station Four, located at 12 Sora Rail Road on Kiawah Island, and have the call sign of Tower 701.

The addition of this tower ladder continues the District’s commitment to upgrading our fleet with state of the art apparatus, said Fire Chief Colleen Walz.

The increased firefighting capacity, improved safety features, and equipment upgrades are providing our firefighting force with the best tools to protect our communities.”

The St. John’s Fire District will conduct extensive training with the tower before the unit is placed into service. Personnel from the trucks manufacturer are working with District personnel on familiarization of the apparatus this week. The tower will be placed in service this summer upon successful training of all crew members.

Other features of Tower 701 include a 600 horsepower engine, hydraulic generator, positive pressure fans, rope rescue gear, thermal imaging camera, and a full complement of firefighter tools and equipment.

A specific service date and a ceremony to welcome the apparatus to the fleet will be announced at a later date.

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