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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Ocala Fire Rescue adds ‘groundbreaking’ new fire truck to fleet

Ocala Fire Rescue recently welcomed a new state-of-the-art fire truck to its fleet.

According to OFR, the newest addition, Ladder 3, is an “innovative vehicle [that] seamlessly combines the equipment capabilities of a ladder truck with the water-pumping ability of a fire engine.”

OFR Ladder 3 new truck July 3, 2024 photo by OFR 1
OFR’s Ladder 3 vehicle has a pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ladders. (Photo: Ocala Fire Rescue)

Locally manufactured by E-One, Ladder 3 comes equipped with multiple tools that are crucial for firefighters: a pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders.

In a media release, OFR referred to Ladder 3 as a “comprehensive firefighting solution,” stating that the vehicle will help increase the capabilities of firefighters across a wide variety of emergency situations such as high-rise fires or complex rescue operations.

Ocala Fire Chief Clint Welborn stated that the new vehicle “equips us with a secondary elevated master stream, facilitating firefighting and rescue capabilities in high-rise and commercial structures and providing additional leverage during roof access and vertical ventilation operations.”

OFR Ladder 3 new truck July 3, 2024 photo by OFR 3
Ladder 3 has been assigned to OFR’s Station 3, which is located near Tuscawilla Park.

Ladder 3 officially went into service on Wednesday, July 3, and it has been assigned to OFR’s Station 3 located at 320 NE 8th Avenue.

Ocala Fire Rescue was able to purchase Ladder 3 through funding provided by the Penny Sales Tax.

Earlier this week, Marion County Fire Rescue announced the arrival of its new critical care ambulance.