2007 American LaFrance Eagle LTI 100-Foot Aerial Tower
In 2000 the fire company appointed a committee to being looking into the replacement of the 1988 Spartan LTI aerial tower. The committee spent many months looking at demonstrators from different manufacturers, writing specifications and requesting bids. In November of 2001 the fire company voted to purchase an American LaFrance Eagle LTI 100 foot aerial tower. During the process however, the officers of the fire company determined that the amount of calls where a second truck would have been used was sufficient to warrant an outright purchase instead of a replacement. In January of 2003 the officers brought the decision before the company for a vote and were approved. Bel Air would become the first fire company in the county to have two truck companies in service.
The chassis was built by American LaFrance and then sent to LTI (Ladder Towers, Inc.) to have the 100 foot ladder and custom body built and installed.
The unit was equipped with a Detroit Diesel Series 60 515 HP engine and an Allison 4000 EVS 5 speed automatic transmission. The unit featured dual 1000 GPM monitors, one remote controlled, pre-piped breathing air system to platform and turntable, David Clarke intercom system, Harrison PTO-Driven 20 KW hydraulic generator and carries 240 feet of ground ladders. The unit also carried a full complement of NFPA required tools of a truck company such as axes, hooks, halligan bars, smoke ejectors, rope, extinguishers, various tips for the ladder pipe, etc.
The unit was completed and delivered to Bel Air on November 1, 2002 and went in service on December 2, 2002 and promptly answered its first alarm. The call was for an automatic alarm sounding at the 578 Bel Air Road.