Electrical Accident Puts McAlester Fire Truck Out Of Service

Saturday, September 15th 2007, 6:30 pm
By: News On 6

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) -- The McAlester Fire Department's only ladder truck is out of service after it hit a power line.

When the truck's 95-foot aerial platform ladder struck the power line on August 27, 10,000 volts of electricity shot through the truck and left a hole in the concrete parking area where the truck sat. No firefighters were injured.

McAlester Fire Chief Harold Stewart says the vendor that sold the truck to the city recommended that it immediately be taken out of service. It's expected to be out of commission for at least four to eight weeks.

The truck will be delivered to its manufacturer in Florida for inspection and any necessary repairs. The cost of repairs and of renting another truck with a 75-foot ladder is expected to be at least $23,500.