A person trapped nearly 100 feet off the ground in Waukegan no longer needs to descend on a ladder guided by a firefighter paramedic.
People can now be rescued and lowered to the ground in a basket affixed to a crane mechanism attached to the Waukegan Fire Department’s newest piece of equipment.
The Fire Department took possession of its $1.4 million 95-foot Seagrave Aerialscope fire truck earlier this month at its headquarters station on Belvedere Road in Waukegan enabling four firefighters and their equipment to reach the top of nearly any building in the city simultaneously.
Lt. Todd Zupec said the new truck is the first of its kind in Illinois. Unlike the older models, no ladder climbing is necessary. “It’s a really unique apparatus,” Zupec said. “The lift operates off a crane beam.”