Waveland unveils new ladder truck
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 14, 2014, 18:28
Waveland Mayor David Garcia, the board of aldermen, and Fire Chief Mike Smith unveiled the city's new ladder truck on Saturday.
The Waveland Fire Department has a new piece of equipment: A $692,000 aerial fire truck.
Mayor David Garcia and the board of aldermen unveiled the new ladder truck on Saturday at a small ceremony at the Highway 90 fire station.
The new 78-foot truck is capable of pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute, but its biggest asset to the city will be helping keep insurance rates down, Garcia said.
"Since Hurricane Katrina, most of Waveland has been placed in special flood zones," Garcia said Monday. "In order to keep our Class Five rating, the rating bureau recommended we purchase this type of truck."
Garcia said the city had $250,000 of insurance rebates on hand to put as a down payment on the truck.
The city recently entered into a 10-year loan with Hancock Bank for an additional $440,000 to complete the purchase of the truck.
Garcia said the city will use future insurance rebate money and gaming funds earmarked for fire protection to pay the yearly notes on the loan.
"This will not cost the taxpayers any additional money," he said.
The ladder truck will complement the city's existing fleet of fire vehicles, he said.
It takes three men to operate the truck and it will only be used for "necessary" calls, Garcia said.