05/11/09 102 W, 1 I - + 10 - 17 Raleigh's New Pierce Platforms

The Raleigh Fire Department has received a pair of 2009 Pierce Arrow XT aerial platforms. The 100-foot platforms, with 1,500 GPM pumps and 400 gallon tanks, were delivered this morning. They'll be assigned to Ladder 20 and Ladder 22, replacing a 1999 American LaFrance platform and a 2005 Pierce ladder, respectively. The ALF platform will be placed in reserve, and the Pierce ladder will become Ladder 24, which is operating a 1988 Pierce Snorkel. These are the fifth and sixth aerial platforms in the city's history. More apparatus information. Lee Wilson was there today, and he'll be posting photos soon. Click to enlarge:

Lee Wilson Photo

Those look awesome! I know the boys and girls at the ladders they are replacing will be thrilled!
jason lane - 05/11/09 - 21:16

Wow! Any idea on what these 2 beauties cost? Congrats RFD!
jetexas - 05/11/09 - 21:27

They do look awesome. I think that the folks at the 2-4 house will be happy to get off the snorkel.
CJS (Email) - 05/12/09 - 01:10

Very pretty.
H2O - 05/12/09 - 09:41

825K each
ncff - 05/12/09 - 14:47

Very nice….safe travels to the crews that get them.

As an aside, while fueling up Ladder 4 at the gas station, a fellow brother from Columbus, OH struck up a conversation with us. He couldn’t get over the condition of our apparatus and that our rig was nearly 10 years old. My opinion, as much as it’s a pain some times, is the miserable “1st Saturday detail” program has its’ perks.

Not a lot of your large, city departments “detail” their rigs like we do. Yes, there are more pieces to the puzzle. But, I think a huge help is the fact that once a month, the entire apparatus is gone over and detailed, not just washed. The ol’ “white glove treatment” probably isn’t necessary anymore and can be considered overkill but the detail program is a good thing to have, in my opinion.

I know in the Bull City, rigs were detailed on Fridays. Has that changed? Any other departments out there that detail rigs? And before the smart a$$es comment, yes, when the rig is dirty it gets washed, I understand that.
Silver - 05/12/09 - 15:24

You are right Silver in the Bull City F.D every Friday the rigs get detailed and the yards get cut.
km - 05/13/09 - 15:09

Just like the ol’ times…
Silver - 05/13/09 - 15:53

we know that raleigh’s current ladder 20 is going to be put in reserve, but when the current L22 becomes L24, will Raleigh put the snorkel back into reserve too, or are they going to surplus auction the rig?
charlie snyder (Email) - 05/15/09 - 16:37

Reserve for now…
Silver - 05/15/09 - 23:27

Hopefully one of those fog nozzles will be switched out with a 2” tip…
Silver - 05/16/09 - 10:47

Amen Jeff… too many fogs on the master streams at RFD.
A.Rich - 05/16/09 - 17:58

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