The Cedar Rapids Fire Department announced Monday morning they're doing a final inspection of a new addition to the city's fleet of fire-fighting equipment. A photo of the new truck is below.

According to a post on the Cedar Rapids Fire Department's Facebook page, it's a 107-foot Ascendant stick ladder truck.  In the post, the department thanked the city manager (Jeff Pomeranz), along with his staff, and the Cedar Rapids City Council.

As you can see in the photo below, the new ladder truck will be assigned to station seven (L7 on side of the vehicle). Fire Station 7 is one of three fire stations on Cedar Rapids' northeast side. Built in 1999, according to the city website, it's located at 206 29th Street NE. The city has a total of nine fire stations.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Andy Olesen, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will have 18 "fire apparatus" with the new addition. He tells me, "the newest will be Ladder 7 when it is delivered from Pierce (in Appleton, Wisconsin) and the oldest will be a reserve aerial apparatus a 1997 Pierce 100’ aerial device. 11 of the 18 apparatus are in front line service each day. There are 8 engines, 2 ladders (with ladder 7), and one rescue." The other seven apparatus are used by the CRFD when others are undergoing maintenance, there's a high volume of calls, or for training. When Ladder 7 arrives, the city's fire department will have four reserve engines, one reserve rescue, and two reserve ladder trucks.

Cedar Rapids Fire Department, Facebook
Cedar Rapids Fire Department, Facebook

In addition to battling fires and responding to a variety of other emergencies in the city, did you know the fire department will send a birthday card to your kids? To request a card, simply email Please note, the card will be sent out right away so you'll either want to wait to request one for your child or grab it out of the mailbox and hang onto it until that special day arrives.

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