2009.07.15 Ernie Close: Aerial truck

Written by David Green.

My name is Ernie Close. I work for the Ann Arbor City Fire Department and I am writing to express my views on the issue of the opportunity to purchase an aerial truck from Archbold.

I have had the opportunity and pleasure to assist the Morenci Fire Department with various training programs during the past three years. It is without a doubt, that the men and woman possess great pride and dedication to the organization. The firefighters strive to advance their skills and abilities to better serve the community.

On June 23, 2009 we used the aerial truck during a live fire training evolution and firefighters inspected the unit at the station. I personally inspected the truck from top to bottom and found the apparatus to be in excellent condition for this 1975 Stuphen aerial. Archbold has obviously taken proper care and maintenance of the truck. Low mileage and hours are typical of specialty apparatus in smaller communities.

Department members understand the requirements of additional training, maintenance and inspection (and costs) with ownership of a ladder truck. The members noted that there is the potential to lower insurance costs for the residents and businesses in the community. Foremost, discussions took place regarding the ability to assist in life safety and fire control with the use of an aerial truck and that it would be an asset to the organization.  

During my last 29 years full-time and 22 years part-time fire service career, I have used various ladder trucks to better serve our communities. Having a ladder truck immediately on the scene can make the difference in saving a life and structures that would normally be lost in most towns.

I would encourage all citizens of Morenci to show their support to make the purchase of the aerial truck for their community.

– Ernie Close

State Certified Instructor

Pinckney, Mich.

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