Paxton buys ladder truck from Bloomington department

Paxton buys ladder truck from Bloomington department

PAXTON — Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren sees a lot of value in the ladder truck his fire district bought for $352,000 recently.

Equipped with a 105-foot ladder, the 2005 Pierce ladder truck reaches 10 feet higher than the fire district's old ladder truck, which is now being stored at the Gibson City firehouse in preparation for being sold.

The newly acquired vehicle also is 17 years newer than the one it replaced.

It also carries more water (500 gallons, up from 200), carries more firehose and features an enclosed cab, which Kingren said makes it safer for firefighters as they travel to fire scenes. And like the old one, it pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute.

The Paxton Fire Protection District purchased the used ladder truck from the Bloomington Fire Department.

"We wanted to move the department forward," Kingren said.

The newer truck is expected to last 20 more years. It replaces the district's first ladder truck, which was purchased in 2007.

The  purchase of the ladder truck proved advantageous to the district's city ISO rating — moving it to a 4 from a 6 — which reduced the fire insurance premiums paid by Paxton's residents, Kingren said.