Clipper Staff Writer
KAYSVILLE — It can pump 2,000 gallons of water a minute. It can hold 500 gallons of water. It carries 1,000 feet of hose and its ladder reaches a height of 105 feet.
The new fire truck purchased for the Kaysville Fire Department “kind of does it all,” said Brett Larkin, fire chief, after displaying the ladder’s capabilities to the city council last week.
Bigger departments might have one truck with ladders and another with water tanks, but with a smaller department, greater flexibility is required, he said.
Larkin is the only full-time employee at the fire station. He oversees 35 part-time employees and said four are on duty at any given time.
In the past, only two were at the city’s station at once, and would have to wait to go to a fire until more arrived.
Now, the first engine can get out right away, he said, which has decreased response time by what he estimates to be 50 percent.
The new truck cost about $860,000, and replaces a 23-year-old ladder truck which only reached 75 feet, he said. The last time the department got a new truck was in 2006.
In comments at the beginning of the city council meeting, Mayor Steve Hiatt complimented the council on “recognizing the critical emergency needs of our community,” and authorizing the truck’s purchase.
He was given a chance to climb the ladder and said his knees were still shaking.
“I can’t imagine doing so in the heat of an emergency,” he said.
The Kaysville Fire Department works with neighboring departments when fires occur, said Larkin, most recently assisting at the fire in the Farmington foothills.
“We have really good relationships with other towns, especially in Davis County,” he said, adding that they regularly assist in neighboring Layton and Farmington. “They come and do the same for us,” he said.
According to its website, the Kaysville Fire Department responds to 1,200 calls annually not only for fires, but for medical and other emergencies.