Platform Trucks Important Tools Used To Fight Large Fires


UPDATED: Tuesday January 15, 2013 6:38 PM

Firefighters were perched high above the fire at Eagle Heating and Cooling Monday night near Pataskala during a massive blaze.
 
Platform trucks allowed firefighters in baskets to control water shot down on the smoky inferno.
 
Columbus Fire Capt. Greg Lash demonstrated a training ladder truck at the Parsons Avenue Academy on Tuesday.
 
Firefighter Kirk Crego took a 10TV crew up to observe what it is like in an aerial ladder. It took only minutes to elevate more than 50 feet.
 
“Each of these ladders will flex a little bit, I'll try to be as gentle as I can moving it around,” explained Crego.
 
“It’s large volumes of water, so much volume that we can't hold it with a hand, it's just too much back pressure,” said Lash.
 
The truck can spray more than 1,500 gallons of water per minute and reach 95 feet into the air.
 
“So the reach of the truck is 95, and then the water is pushing out another 100 feet, so it's effective at that distance,” added Lash.
 
Platform trucks are used as defensive mechanisms many times, when it’s just too risky to enter the burning structure.
 
When the fire is too massive to contain quickly, they are called into action.
 
The city of Columbus has seven platform trucks in service with a price tag of $1.3 million each.
 
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