Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Local News

May 27, 2013

Officials set sights on new fire truck

Replacement sought for ailing ladder truck.

Logansport officials are considering the purchase of a ladder truck for the city’s fire department after its current one, nearly 30 years old, continues to fail performance and safety tests.

Ladder 2, one of the Logansport Fire Department’s fire trucks, has failed tests pertaining to its ladder and water-pumping system, according to Fire Chief Mark Strong.

Pump tests consist of observing whether the truck’s pump can maintain a certain amount of PSI for a certain amount of time, while ladder tests reflect the amount of flex that results in the ladder when it is fully extended and whether or not its hydraulics contract.

Ladder 2 has also experienced difficulties with the turning mechanism for the ladder, in that it doesn’t stop rotating when the rotating process is engaged. Because the ladder won’t stop after it starts turning, it could pose a danger toward firefighters on the ladder who may be working near power lines.

Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin estimated about $400,000 has been spent on repairs for the truck.

Strong said the department currently has an agreement with the Cass County Fire District for assistance in light of Ladder 2’s incapacitation.

Joe Buck, Logansport city councilman and chairman of the public safety committee, accompanied LFD staff members to the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis last month. After observing exhibitions and meeting with vendors, Buck presented specs on a 2004 ladder truck made by Pierce Manufacturing at a public safety committee meeting last week.

Committee members ended up opting to go with the Pierce Dash 100’ Platform as opposed to a new truck because at $499,000, it’s nearly half the price of a new one.

“A ladder truck is your most expensive piece of equipment and the least used,” Strong said.

Logansport City Council already appropriated $140,000 from the city’s equipment fund toward the purchase of a new ladder truck last November, but lost out on a bid it had pursued. Buck said the fund currently has about $1 million.

“We don’t have a debate on the fact that we need the fire truck,” said Logansport Councilman and public safety committee member Bob Bishop. “The council has already spoke on that, because we appropriated the [$140,000]. Now the question is are they willing to appropriate that much more money, because we’ve stepped up a big notch.”

Logansport City Council will vote on the appropriation at its meeting June 3.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

2004 Pierce Dash 100-foot Platform

About $499,000

500 HP diesel engine

New 2,000-gallons-per-minute pump

New 150-gallon polypropylene tank

Automatic tire chains

Interior medical cabinet

5,890 engine hours

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 22, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS-PT042214 Indiana Beach Viper.jpg Monticello amusement park brings new thrills MONTICELLO -- Indiana Beach's first major steel roller coaster -- the Galaxi -- is being retired after 42 years. Don Hurd operated the ride as a park employee 35 years ago. "At that time, it was one of the biggest coasters around," he said. "It's one

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Southeastern school board reopens its search for a principal at Lewis Cass WALTON -- Southeastern School Corp. officials thought they had found their new principal for Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School. The position was offered to a candidate, but he declined to accept it, Superintendent Trudie Hedrick reported to the school b

    April 22, 2014

  • No Headline Provided Guests will be able to climb into a carved-out pumpkin that will circle above Indiana Beach in one of the park's latest rides -- the Pumpkin Ferris Wheel.

    April 22, 2014

  • shelly maness Woman arrested in meth lab find MACY — A narcotics investigation led to the recent arrest of a Fulton County woman on several drug charges. Shelly Maness, 35, Macy, was arrested on two felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine, possession of meth, possession of an illegal drug la

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition