Unit : ORIGINAL TRUCK 709
Year : 1986
Model : Pierce Arrow, 110 foot Structural Fabricators Incorporated
ORIGINAL TRUCK 709
The first Truck 709 was this 1986 Pierce Arrow, 110 foot Structural Fabricators Incorporated elevated platform Ladder Tower Aerial Truck. It was the first ladder truck in the history of our department and the largest apparatus committee undertaking at the time
There were three trucks made by Pierce manufacturing and SFI, which were used locally, all of which are still in service with one being used by the City of New Brunswick.
This truck was delivered to the Civic Center Fire House in the spring of 1986, after a bay was added on to house it. It was the second piece of fire apparatus purchased by East Brunswick Fire District #1
Work on this committee began in 1983 with a trip to the Plainsboro Volunteer Fire Department which at the time, was the only station with a ladder tower in Middlesex County.
It took several years to develop the specifications and to get the truck ordered. When it arrived in 1986, it was one of the tallest ladder trucks in the State of New Jersey.
It was called to numerous structure fires in and around East Brunswick and served us well, until the mid 1990’s when en route to a call, it collided with a tree after sliding on diesel fuel during a rain storm. The diesel had been spilled by engine 701’s ruptured fuel line ahead of the approaching ladder.
The entire mid-section of the ladder had to be replaced and when it returned to service, the hydraulics were never right again. Rotation was not uniform left to right, and the stopping control of the boom and bucket was rough to the point of shaking.
In 2003, current value versus replacement was evaluated, and with the problems we were having it made sense to replace the truck at 18 years of age. Pierce Manufacturing had built us a solid truck and we had good success with it. The truck was traded in against the costs of the new ladder tower, and was sold to a fire department in the state of Texas.