Aerial ladder truck now a part of EG fire department

Representatives of AGP pose with Tom Peterson and Travis Woodbeck as the fire department accepts a check for $50,000 to help pay for the new aerial ladder truck recently received by the City. Peterson, Woodbeck and the members of their department wish to thank them for this generous donation, as well as all other donors that have made this needed piece of equipment a reality. Photo by Les Houser

Perhaps you’ve already seen it around town and wondered where that came from. It’s been on the Eagle Grove Fire Department’s ‘wish list’ for awhile, and now with the help of several donors they now have the aerial ladder truck they have been wanting. A big part of that was a $50,000 boost from the local AGP plant.

“They’ve been real good about donating, and so we approached them on this and they went to the corporate office with it,” said fire chief Tom Peterson. “They’ve been real good about supporting the communities at all their locations.” “They’ve appreciated everything we’ve done for them, so they saw it as their chance to give back,” added assistant chief Travis Woodbeck.

Peterson went on to explain that they try to replace a truck in their fleet every 25 years or so. They have a 30-year old pumper and a 20-year old pumper, so they thought the aerial truck would be a good way to go. “We knew the City would be behind us on this,” added Woodbeck, who found the truck as a demo model. It’s a 2017 but is considered new, and is on a lease to purchase. It was built by Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton, Wisconsin. It features a 107 foot ladder, and has the capability of pumping 2,000 gallons of water per minute.

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