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New Ladder Truck Gives Firemen a Boost

First Lieutenant Mark Capetillo shook Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum's hand in gratitude when he saw the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1's brand new rig drive up to their Palmer Avenue firehouse Wednesday morning.

"It's beautiful, I love it," said Capetillo, who shouted "There it is," along with every other member of the firehouse.

The fire truck, built in Nebraska and bought through New England Equipment, replaces the company's last aerial platform, which has been out of commission for two years. The company has been operating with only the one tower ladder since then.

James Schroeder, captain of the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, is excited about the new addition because it has a bucket on the end of the ladder, which will give members more mobility, as opposed to the tower ladder, which requires them to maneuver on the narrow ladder. The tower ladder also requires two people to operate, whereas the aerial platform only requires one.

"One person can take this out and go," said John Carpino, former Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 captain. Carpino praised former Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department chief Dean DeLitta for "pushing and pushing" to get the new rig.

Additionally, the aerial platform can be raised and operational much faster than the tower ladder, Capetillo said.

The average rig costs approximately $1 million, but one truck committee member said they paid hundreds of thousands of dollars less.

"That's what you call an investment in the health, safety and wellfare of the Village," Rosenblum said.

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