Brevard Fire Rescue Adds Fourth Ladder Truck

By  //  August 1, 2012

High Elevation Access

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIALANTIC, FLORIDA – A fourth ladder truck has been added to the Brevard County Fire Rescue fleet and is now in service in the Indialantic area.

Brevard County Fire Rescue Truck 63 features a 75-foot ladder that has a reach of about seven stories. (Image courtesy Brevard County Fire Rescue)

Lt. Jeff Tayl0r of Brevard County Fire Rescue said Truck 63 is now serving the beachside community located between Indian Harbor Beach and Indialantic.

He said the truck is housed at Station 63, at 2602 North Highway A1A in Indialantic.

“Ladder trucks carry equipment that enable firefighters to engage in building search and rescue operations, property salvage, smoke removal and heavy auto extrication,” Taylor said. “Additionally, ladder trucks provide firefighters access to high elevations for rescue and master water stream application.”

Truck 63 features a 75-foot ladder that has a reach of approximately seven stories.

Lt. Jeff Taylor of Brevard County Fire Rescue. (Image by Ed Pierce)

Traditional ground ladders extend to 24-feet, or about two stories, Taylor said.

The additional height of Truck 63 will position the department to further improve its response in taller buildings like those found along the coast.

Taylor said the truck also is equipped with a powerful 1,200 gallon-per-minute nozzle that can be used to extinguish fires on higher floors, as well as large fires, without risking firefighter safety.

Each of the Brevard County Fire Rescue ladder trucks is staffed with a Lieutenant, Driver/Engineer and two firefighters. At least one of those crew members is a state certified paramedic, giving the unit an Advanced Life Support (ALS) designation.