NORFOLK, NE — After 43 years of service, it’s time for the Norfolk Fire Department’s snorkel truck to retire.
“It’s been a good and faithful servant for many years,” Norfolk Fire Chief Scott Cordes says. “It’s just released its point in useful life where it’s time to be replaced.”
In 1974 the fire department added the 85-foot long snorkel truck to their fleet. It was the first aerial ladder apparatus Norfolk ever had. Before that firefighters had to use ground ladders and elevate them by hand.
There is a difference between the ladder truck and the snorkel. The ladder truck’s ladder extends on a platform, while the snorkel truck extends like an elbow. The snorkel truck also extend further and has a basket.
“It serves functions we have to have. We have to have ability to get to those high locations and operate from an elevated position to apply [?] water streams in those situations. It’s something we need to have.”
The new snorkel will also be 15-feet longer, totally 100 feet, enough to reach the tallest building in Norfolk.
Codes says the best gift he can give back to the department is reliable, safe and quality equipment.
If all goes as planned the fire department could receive their new snorkel truck as an early Christmas present next year.