1988 Spartan LTI 100 Foot Aerial Tower
In September of 1987 the fire company appointed a committee to being looking into the replacement of the 1975 Seagrave Ladder Tower. The committee spent many hours looking at demonstrators from different manufacturers, writing specifications and requesting bids. In December of 1987, after receiving three bids, the fire company voted to purchase a Spartan LTI 100 foot aerial tower.
The chassis was built by Spartan and completed in November of 1988. It was 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 8V92T 475 HP engine and an Allison HTB750 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 12 KW diesel generator and carried the following aluminum ladders – a 45 foot 2 section extension ladder with poles, a 35 foot 3 section extension ladder, a 28 foot 2 section extension ladder, a 24 foot 2 section extension ladder, a 18 foot straight roof ladder, a 14 foot straight roof ladder, a 10 foot folding ladder, a 8 foot folding ladder and a 14 foot “A” frame ladder. The unit also carried all the NFPA standard 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 in May of 1989 and went in service on June 17, 1989. It answered its first alarm on June 18, 1989. The call was for an automatic alarm sounding at the Bel Air Athletic Club. The truck ran its last alarm for Bel Air on June 1, 2008 for a Hazardous Materials call at the Mariner Health Center of Forest Hill. The unit was sold on June 13, 2008 to the Harrington Fire Company of Harrington, Delaware.