Cracked chassis puts Laconia fire truck out of commission

LACONIA — The fire engine housed at the Weirs Beach Station known as Ladder 2 was taken out of service this week when a crack in the chassis was discovered in the course of routine maintenance.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson said that the city has a lifetime warranty on the truck, which was built in 1998. The truck was taken to Connecticut on Wednesday to be repaired and is expected to return in four to six weeks.
Ladder 2 is known as a Quint for the five functions it is capable of performing — pumping water, carrying water and storing hose while mounted with an aerial ladder and equipped with ground ladders.
While Ladder 2 is out of service, the ladder truck at Central Station will respond to calls at The Weirs as necessary. Erickson has arranged with Belmont and Meredith to deploy their ladder trucks to Laconia as circumstances warrant. Gilford routinely responds to all structure fires in Laconia, but does not have a ladder truck in its fleet.
The 1983 hose wagon, generally kept in reserve, has been put into service at the Weirs Beach Station.