You can fight fire with fire.

Or you can fight it with height.

Seneca’s fire-fighting capability is looking up – literally – with the addition of a used aerial ladder truck with 100 feet of firefighting capability.

Seneca’s fire protection and ambulance district board has approved the purchase of the 1991 truck from the City of Lake Forest at a cost of 32 thousand, five hundred dollars. It’s 47 feet long and weighs in at 36 tons.

The district says the tallest ladders Seneca had until now only reached to 35 feet, which required mutual-aid help from other cities when they needed to get higher to fight fires.

Training Seneca first responders and outfitting the truck with Seneca’s customizations will take a year.

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