Charleston Fire Department to dedicate two new rescue vehicles

The Charleston Fire Department on Tuesday will dedicate two new additions to its fleet - a mid-mount platform ladder truck and a HazMat rescue vehicle.

Tuesday's ceremony will be held at the department's Station 19 in West Ashley, according to spokesman Ryan Kunitzer.

Tower 102, the 2014 Spartan ERV Gladiator truck, will be housed at the West Ashley station, Kunitzer said. The 100-foot truck features extrication equipment to aid with wrecks and more than 200 feet of ground ladders, he said.

HazMat 101 is a 2014 Spartan ERV Gladiator Heavy Rescue that will be housed at Station 9, 1451 King St., Kunitzer said.

The apparatus was obtained through a homeland security grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It features an assortment of equipment, including a camera system with night vision and a built-in weather station, Kunitzer said. The vehicle can also serve as a mobile command center, he said.

Tuesday's ceremony will be held noon at Station 19, 1985 Bees Ferry Road.

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