The Nikiski Fire Department held a ceremony last night to officially welcome the department’s new ladder truck into service.
The Tuesday evening celebration also included a retirement ceremony for the Old Ladder #1, which has been in service since 1983.
Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden told us that the new ladder truck is a 2013 model 100-foot aerial apparatus, ladder #1 cost $975,000 and was purchased with a Capital Project Grant awarded from the State of Alaska in 2012.
The housing ceremony featured several traditional touches, such as pumping water from the old ladder truck into new one, as well as, a fire service tradition where members of the department push out the old ladder truck and push in the new one.
Baisden said that the new ladder truck represents a significant investment for the Nikiski Fire Service Area. The new aerial apparatus is a major component in protecting critical industrial and business infrastructure for the community.
The Nikiski Fire Department recently received an updated designation as an ISO 6 fire department this year, and this investment will help maintain the improved insurance rating.