- The department thinks it will be able to protect its community better after the major upgrade.
The department has a few trucks that are getting old. They hope to slowly get rid of the old trucks, and replace them with newer equipment. Laona Fire Chief David Rosio said the department had some help getting the new truck.
"We worked really close with Thomson's Fire Chief, [He] kind of set us up with this guy and the truck and all that. We went on the webpage and went down and looked at it, and everyone just loved it," said Rosio.
Firefighters are especially excited have a boom at the top of the truck. It will help firefighters in wintery weather, so they won't have to climb up slippery metal ladders or work on metal roofs.
"What's real unique about this truck is it has a 25-hundred gallon a minute pump on it and a 54-foot boom with a nozzle on it, which is rare for up around this area," said Rosio.
The department now has six trucks, which is a large number for a small town. Firefighters are pretty happy with the equipment they have right now, but the department does eventually want to purchase a new system for filling their air tanks.