Laconia Fire Dept. takes delivery on new Engine 1

LACONIA — The Fire Department took delivery of it 2013 Emergency-One Fire truck yesterday and Chief Ken Erickson said it will soon be fitted with all of the equipment removed from an old truck.

He said the new "Engine 1" will be the primary attack truck for Central Station and the 1990 Sutphen that was purchased used a few years ago will be the second attack truck from downtown.

The truck cost $422,222 he said.

Erickson said the 1998 American LaFrance truck, "a problem child since day one" was taken in trade by E-One.

He said the truck command center — or operations panel — is enclosed by a top-sliding door on the side that protects the tools and equipment from the elements — especially road salt.

The E-One also has state-of-the-art safety protections including a anti-lock brakes, a roll cage, an automatic transmission and 45-degree steering capabilities that make it much easier to maneuver in narrow streets and alleyways.

He said the crews have had one week of training with the factory representative and will get an additional week of training once the Department of Public Safety strips the equipment from the old truck and adds it to the new truck.

CUTLINE: Platoon 3 stands next to the 2013 Emergency-One firetruck delivered to Laconia Tuesday. From left to right are Lt. Jeff Desrosiers, and Firefighters Chris Beaudoin, Trey Bushey, Nathan Mills, Kevin Pierce, and David Thompson. (Courtesy photo)