The City of Humble Fire Rescue recently welcomed a new member to their fleet by adding a 2021 Pierce Velocity Aerial fire truck. This new addition was put to work within hours of commissioning back in June by responding to a structure fire.
Humble Fire Chief David Langenberg proudly stated, “It is a 107-foot ladder truck equipped with a 2000-GPM pump. We replaced our 100-foot ladder truck that was 20 years old. This is an amazing asset to the city that will allow us to grow in efficiency with state-of-the-art technologies and advancements.”
Since bringing this new truck into service June 24, 2021, Ladder 1 has responded to 15 motor vehicle collisions, five fires, 11 other miscellaneous non-EMS calls for service and 20 EMS responses as either the first responder (if a paramedic on the ladder truck can beat the closest ambulance to a scene) or to assist an ambulance crew with manpower.
Langenberg added, “We do not have any plans to change the course of action at this time because of obtaining this amazing new truck. However, we now have an apparatus replacement schedule in place and formalized for future trucks. We do not intend to wait over 20 years or as long to replace the truck the next time a fleet addition needs to be made for a new truck.”
This ladder truck is the result of a lot of the hard work put in by the fire and rescue Apparatus committee. These individuals volunteered on their own time to fly to the factory in Wisconsin to ensure that members of Ladder 1 worked with the sales representatives and engineers to make certain the truck fit with city specifications.
“Without the effort and sweat that the committee put into this project, it would definitely have taken longer to build and most definitely cost the Humble taxpayers additional money. I would like to express gratitude to the city manager, city council members and the mayor for their support in this project. Without their provisions, advice, and support, none of this would even be possible,” concluded Langenberg.
“The new truck, a hybrid apparatus which serves as a pumper and a ladder truck, is a testament to the city’s strong commitment to the safety and security of our residents and businesses. We look forward to making continued investments in all our core services to keep the city of Humble exceptional for all,” said Mayor Norman Funderburk.