PHOTOS: More than six years after then-Cumberland Fire Department Chief Donnie Dunn sounded the alarm for the need for a new ladder truck, city firefighters now have a 2021 Sutphen model to help in their firefighting mission.
“It’s been a lengthy process,” interim Chief W. Shannon Adams, Dunn’s successor, said Thursday, a few days after the new purchase arrived at CFD headquarters. “The whole process took about two years discussing what we needed, meeting with Sutphen representatives and receiving approval from the mayor and council, who did a great job working with Chief Dunn getting this project funded.”
At a cost of $1.3 million, the new truck, equipped with a 100-foot aerial ladder, will be utilized in response to all structure fires in the city and outlying areas as requested by allied volunteer fire companies.
For the last several weeks, the city department has not had a ladder truck as part of its fleet.