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Tall order comes through for fire department

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / The new Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department ladder truck extends above the eight-story tower at the Horizon Casino Resort.

Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District has a new $620,000 weapon to fight fires – and maybe rescue a cat from a very tall tree.

On March 7 the district put a 2004 Seagraves ladder truck into service that replaced an aging 1973 model sold to East Fork Fire and Paramedic District in Carson Valley as a reserve vehicle.

The new ladder truck has a 300-gallon water tank, a 1,500 gallons-per-minute pump and a 104-foot ladder which can reach the top of the rear building at Horizon Casino Resort.

Battalion Chief Van Ogami and mechanic Greg Gemmet researched the new ladder truck before purchase. About $30,000 in equipment was added to the rig.

“We went through three months of training with it” before putting it into service, said Tahoe-Douglas Assistant Chief Ken Poohachoff.

The ladder truck will be used primarily for structure fires.

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