The Libertyville fire department’s “newest” piece of equipment actually is 20 years old, but the yearlong wait to get its refurbished ladder tower truck back has been worth the time and $647,000 cost, fire officials say.
What is known as a ladder tower truck, because of the basket in front, has been in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, at a Pierce Manufacturing Inc. facility that specializes in renovating fire apparatus.
“A group of us went up and gave it a final inspection and drove it back,” Fire Chief Rich Carani said. “We’ll let the guys get used to driving it again. The biggest thing is the ladder operation.”
In February 2019, Carani reported to the village board that the ladder truck was nearing 20 years old and was scheduled to be replaced. A new one was $1.3 million, he said, but a report from Pierce showed the truck could be refurbished.