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D'Iberville Fire Department gets million dollar ladder truck

A new ladder truck just arrived at the D'Iberville Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX) A new ladder truck just arrived at the D'Iberville Fire Department. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith. (Photo source: WLOX) D'Iberville Fire Chief Gerald Smith. (Photo source: WLOX)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

D'Iberville firefighters have a new tool to help protect businesses, a new million dollar ladder truck.  

Fire Chief Gerald Smith says the new truck was needed because of the new Scarlet Pearl Casino and other large buildings in the city.

The ladder can extend to about eight or nine stories high, which is a bonus over the ladder truck the department already had.

“It’s about 25 feet taller, that's one of the advantages. Another advantage is now we actually have two ladder trucks. So, whenever we're dealing with these bigger buildings. Like if you remember the Arbor View fire, we had two ladder trucks set up there,” said Smith.

The chief says the department had 1,500 calls last year.

“When you start dealing with larger fires like that you need an elevated water source to contain them, and you can do a lot better with two versus one,” said Smith.

This year it looks like that number will be around 1,700. 

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