August 15, 2017

Fire Department Awarded $1 Million Grant for Replacement Aerial Ladder Truck

Santa Maria will soon benefit from a new, more reliable Fire Department ladder truck with numerous safety and technological advancements, thanks to the City being awarded a nearly $1 million competitive Federal grant.

This modern vehicle with a 102-foot-long ladder and associated equipment – to be purchased within the next 10 months – will replace the department’s worn 1999 aerial ladder truck that is prone to mechanical problems and rising repair costs.

“We are very pleased because without the grant funding the City would have needed to borrow funds for the purchase,” Fire Chief Leonard Champion said. “As a testament to the City’s proven need, this individual Assistance to Firefighters Grant award was this year’s eleventh-highest award in the nation, following cities such as Cincinnati, Chicago, and Houston.”

The estimated cost of the new truck is estimated at $1.3 million to $1.5 million; the City will utilize available funds. Compared to the old truck, the new truck (make/model to be determined) can drive through tighter access areas, much quicker set up time, has more compartment space, and is a lighter weight. It will be able to serve the City’s recent building developments ranging from large commercial structures, mixed-use with residential above commercial, multi-family residential complexes, and downtown plans that have tighter lot clearances.

Truck 1 responds to all structure fire incidents within the City, and through automatic and mutual aid agreements, to structure fires in neighboring communities.

Questions may be directed to the Fire Department, 925-0951 extension 2255.