Norwich FD tests possible replacement for deteriorating aerial truck

NORWICH – Nearly nine months after the ladder of the aerial truck at the Norwich Fire Department was taken out of service due to severe deterioration that rendered it unsafe for use, the Norwich FD crew on Saturday continued their ongoing pursuit of a replacement apparatus.

Members of the Norwich Fire Department gathered at the firehouse to look at a replacement demo truck driven into the city early Saturday morning by the Smeal Fire Apparatus Company, based out of Snyder, Neb. It was the second demo truck the crew has examined over the past two weeks and according to Fire Chief Tracy Chawgo, hopes are to inspect two additional trucks from two different companies in the coming weeks.

“This is a huge expense and we want to make sure we do it right the first time,” Chawgo said, citing the $650,000 price tag attached to the 2012 Smeal model. “We would like to see two more demos, if the companies can get them out here.”

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