After a short Farewell ceremony, Reserve Ladder 2 was officially handed over to the Brick York Fire Department.
Early this morning Firefighter Bobby Richardson, senior truckie and SVFD's laddering legend took Utility 1 to Brick York to pick up Platoon Chief Josh Burg and 2 BYFD firefighters, and took them to the StuddsVille motorpool.
The guests were greeted by SVFD Chief Brown, Deputy Chief Meijdam, Motorpool mechanic and head of the fire apparatus division Richie Bobcat and all the active SVFD aerials and Reserve Engine 1.
After a few short words by the chiefs, the BYFD crews were trained in how to use their new ladder.
When they were brought up to speed, Chief Brown handed over the keys of the Ladder to Platoon Chief Burg.
After a brief goodby, the ladder rolled out of the motorpool, under the sound of airhorns, sirens and federal Q's, followed by its successor Reserve Ladder 1.
But when leaving the motorpool 2 motorcycle officers from the StuddsVille police Department drove by and ordered the ladders to follow the 2 officers.
Under police escort the old ladder made 1 last ride in the Streets of StuddsVille.
And on the city limits, near station 4, the police officers and reserve ladder 1, headed back to the city, while the old ladder continued to its new home station in Brick York.
So again congratulations and all the best to the BYFD with the purchase of our old ladder.
And for those interested, here is a brief history of the old Ladder.
In 1998 the old Ladder 14 had an accident, and a new Truck was ordered, but due to the financial situation at the time, it was cancelled, and SVFD bought a second hand Pierce Dash.
The rig was a little outdated, but played a vital role in a few big fires and rescues.
In 2009 a brand new Pierce Quantum was delivered to take on the role of Ladder 14.
The Truck then went to the Buddyburg Volunteer Fire Department as a Replacement for their ladder, and was numbered to Ladder 301, Later in 2010, the BBVFD was disbanded and absorbed in the SVFD, where the rig did some outstanding work.
In early 2011, it was placed out of service, and replaced by a Mack CF Aerialscope.
The rig went to the reserve status, where it was mostly used as a training rig, but was again replaced by a newer Seagrave Ladder and the rig was made Reserve 2.
A few weeks into its new role the rig was involved in a serious MVA, and was written off.
It was towed to the motorpool and was placed in starage, but after a few weeks, the BYFD showed interest in the rig.
After some negotiations, the ladder was sent to Pierce Mfg. and was repaired and recieved some upgrades.
Back in StuddsVille the rig was painted in BYFD colors and recieved new all red lights.
It passed all the BYFD acceptance tests with ease, and it was handed over early 2012.
So it will soldier on for many more years in Brick York.
Martijn Meijdam. Myself and the Rest of the BrickYork Fire Department members wanted to THANK YOU ! for creating this farewell page also the donation of this truck to the BrickYork Fire Department was extreamly helpful. its going to fit perfectly responding from Station 1 as planned. Pierce Mfg did an amazing job repairing this truck for our Department ;) once recieved in BrickYork our Mechanic will be going over the hole Rig to add any parts or equipting the rig itself, also to make sure no future accidents will take place in our district. ;) reserve ladder 2 will now Be called Aerial Ladder 1 for the BYFD :) aswell once posted up on my MOC page you will recieve credit for this creation :)
Once again Thank You from everyone at BYFD
Communication/Dispatch (911 Calltaker).