Gatlinburg Fire Department gets new multipurpose fire truck

Gatlinburg Fire Department gets new multipurpose fire truck

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The truck cost $600,000 and is expected to save both taxpayers and the department more money. The truck cost $600,000 and is expected to save both taxpayers and the department more money.
"It's a combination of both an engine and a ladder truck," said Chief Greg Miller. "It's a combination of both an engine and a ladder truck," said Chief Greg Miller.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - The Gatlinburg Fire Department celebrated a new addition to its fleet as Ladder 31 went into service late Monday morning.

"It's a combination of both an engine and a ladder truck," said Chief Greg Miller. "It has a 78-foot aerial device on the tip of it. It has a tank. It has a hose. It has the aerial ladder as well as the ground ladders. It's like a multipurpose vehicle"

Chief Miller said the new truck not only gives added protection to the community, but it also cuts costs for taxpayers.

"It's just a smart way to go these days, because it saves the taxpayers the money of having to have two separate vehicles to do the same thing," said Miller.

That's not the only way it's saving money. The department holds a Class 3 Public Protection Classification with the Insurance Services Office, a distinction that allows property owners and residents to receive better insurance rates.

"This addition to our fleet just helps to maintain that and we're always looking for ways to improve that with each addition," said Miller.

While the department is never eager to have to fight a fire, they are eager to put those tax dollars to work as soon as it's needed.

The $600,000 truck will be staffed with more firefighters than other vehicles, but the chief said it will also allow them to take out fewer vehicles than before.

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