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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 30, 2008

New ladder fire truck downtown

The Bellevue Fire Department will be better equipped to respond to fires and other emergencies in the growing downtown core with the addition of a ladder truck at Fire Station 1. A dedication and ribbon-cutting is set for Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m. at the station, 766 Bellevue Way SE.

ladder truckEquipped, as one would expect, with a telescoping ladder that facilitates firefighting on tall buildings, the ladder truck is being transferred from Station 7 at Wilburton. The truck, which only had a partial crew at the other station, will have a full crew, with the number of firefighters at Station 1 going from seven to 11.

The addition of the ladder company was made possible after the City Council last year approved hiring eight new firefighters. The Council's action was in response to the rapid growth the city has experienced in the central downtown business area and the emerging public safety needs there. The Council also approved six new police officer positions.

The ladder truck crew will specialize in firefighting and rescue emergencies. However, the cross-trained firefighters can also respond on medical calls.

Local officials will speak at the brief ceremony. Refreshments and a cake-cutting will follow the ceremony.

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450 110th Ave. NE
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