Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue puts new ladder truck in service |

Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue puts new ladder truck in service


Truck 11, the new 100-foot aerial platform acquired a month ago by Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, was put into service on Friday and has begun responding to emergency calls.

Over the past month, the Sutphen SPH 100 was fitted with hundreds of feet of hose, tools, rescue gear and medical equipment. Additionally, all 44 commissioned firefighters underwent at least five to six hours of training on the new vehicle, with driver/engineers participating in an additional five hours of training.

The truck, which made its public debut in the Frisco July 4 parade, will be housed at the Keystone station and will be the first-due engine in that area, but it is available for emergency responses throughout the district and the entire county.

Equipped with a 100-foot aerial ladder, a 300-gallon tank and a 1,500 gallon-per-minute pump, the truck features state-of-the-art design and engineering that will prove helpful in a variety of emergencies and scenarios. The five-section primary ladder can be extended and in use in less than 90 seconds, and the bucket can hold 800 pounds. Among other uses, the ladder can be extended horizontally to give firefighters a high anchor for so-called “over the hill” rescues in which injured parties are down steep mountain-road embankments.

“Our hope, as always, is that our residents and visitors don’t ever need the services of Truck 11, but I can assure you that if you do need it, you’ll be extremely pleased to see it,” said LDFR Deputy Chief Jeff Berino.

The new Sutphen replaces a truck manufactured by E-1 that has been in use since 1986 and now will be sold. The new vehicle, which cost just under $1 million, was funded from the LDFR Capital Reserve fund, and the department did not take on any debt for the purchase.

The Detroit Series 60 engine gives a top speed of 60 mph, and the truck was designed with a short wheelbase to give it exceptional maneuverability.

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