A new ladder truck is joining the fleet at Leland Fire/Rescue to continue its mission of better serving the community. The specialized truck, which is a Tractor Drawn Aerial (TDA) and commonly referred to as a tiller, will allow the department to optimize resources, improve response times, and ultimately, save taxpayers money.
Right now, Leland Fire/Rescue operates a ladder truck and a heavy rescue truck, but there’s only one crew for both. That means if one of the trucks is away from the station and a call comes in requiring the other, the crew must return to the station and switch over before responding. The new truck will consolidate the two vehicles into one, resulting in quicker response times to critical emergencies like structure fires, car crashes where someone is trapped inside, and all technical rescues.
The TDA is the only vehicle with enough storage space to carry all necessary equipment from both the ladder and rescue trucks.