(Lander, Wyo.) – Last night the Lander Volunteer Fire Department got its first look at its new ladder truck. The truck, ordered to the tune of about $900,000 in early 2013, was delivered on Wednesday and training on the new apparatus started yesterday.

The Rosenbauer America truck was built by Max Fire Apparatus Inc. Last night a couple of Max Fire representatives met with the volunteer firefighters to begin going over some basics. The crew discussed light maintenance, pump operation and basic ladder operation. A crew from Rosenbauer is expected to visit LVFD later in July to do more in-depth training with the ladder.

In a brief interview, Fire Administrator Nick Hudson said the truck likely won’t be in service until late July. He wants his crew to be fully trained on it before it starts responding to fires. The first true public unveiling of the truck will be in the July Fourth Pioneer Days Parade. Additionally, at the department’s pancake breakfast in August, a ceremony will be held to de-commission the nearly 32-year-old ladder truck that the new one is replacing.

Last year, Hudson said the driving force behind replacing the apparatus is due to possible increases in insurance rates. He said property insurance ratings for Lander would raise from a 4 to a 5 if the city no longer had a ladder truck. This would amount to a 15 to 20 percent increase in property insurance costs.

About half of the cost is being provided by a grant from the State Loan and Investment Board. The rest will be paid for over time through loans.

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