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Ocala Fire Rescue Welcomes Ladder 3: A Groundbreaking Addition to Fleet

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July 08, 2024 | FLORIDA OCALA FIRE RESCUE, Correspondent
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(OCALA, FL.) July 3, 2024 – Ocala Fire Rescue (OFR) is thrilled to introduce Ladder 3, a state-of-the-art firefighting apparatus, to its fleet. This innovative vehicle seamlessly combines the equipment capabilities of a ladder truck with the water-pumping ability of a fire engine and is a testament to the community's commitment to public safety. The realization of Ladder 3 was made possible through funding provided by the Penny Sales Tax.

Manufactured locally by the esteemed E-One, Ladder 3 is a symbol of Ocala's dedication to public safety through cutting-edge technology. This apparatus is a comprehensive firefighting solution. It comes equipped with five main tools crucial for effective firefighting: a pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders. These features significantly enhance OFR's capabilities across a wide spectrum of emergency scenarios, from high-rise fires to complex rescue operations. 

Ocala Fire Chief Clint Welborn expressed his enthusiasm about the new apparatus, stating, "Ladder 3 equips us with a secondary elevated master stream, facilitating firefighting and rescue capabilities in high-rise and commercial structures and providing additional leverage during roof access and vertical ventilation operations."

With the integration of Ladder 3, OFR is better prepared to protect and serve the community, ensuring greater efficiency and effectiveness during emergencies. Ladder 3 will be assigned to OFR's Station 3, located at 320 NE Eighth Ave., and has officially gone into service today, July 3, 2024.

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