Mayor Roberson, Nick Hintz, fire truck ride-along 1

Elkhart firefighter Lt. Nick Hintz shows Mayor Rod Roberson the capabilities of the Fire Department’s newest aerial truck, taking the mayor up 100 feet.

ELKHART — A $1.2 million Sutphen aerial fire truck designed with the help of Elkhart firefighters pulled into the Fire Station 1 garage for the first time this week.

The truck has a 100-foot ladder, making it capable of reaching the top floor of Elkhart’s tallest buildings. Its short wheelbase and its ladder being made of aluminum rather than steel mean that it turns much better and is lighter than the truck it will replace.

Mayor Roberson, Nick Hintz fire truck ride-along 2

The Elkhart Fire Department received a new Sutphen aerial truck this week. The 100-foot ladder is tall enough to reach the top floors of Hotel Elkhart and the Waterfall High-Rise.

Mayor Roberson, Nick Hintz fire truck ride-along 3

Mayor Rod Roberson looks down while 100 feet up in the bucket of the city’s newest fire truck, as Lt. Nick Hintz tells him that firefighters occasionally make that climb.

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Thanx Nick! We know!

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