By Chief Wade Watkins
Medic Ladder 121 serves Riverton City daily and responds from Riverton’s Fire Station 121 at 4146 W 12600 S. This piece of equipment is extremely important in effectively addressing the challenges of responding to the community’s needs. Staffed four-handed with a captain, engineer, paramedic, and firefighter/EMT, the ladder truck is a moving solution for many different types of emergencies to include fires, medical, and everything in between.
Typically, ladder trucks like Medic Ladder 121 have specific responsibilities on fires. Responsibilities include to perform truck company size-ups, force entry for search and engine operations, perform any immediate rescues, interior search, ventilate for engine company operations, ladder for access, egress, and ventilation, open up and overhaul for the engine company (including salvage work) and cover the utilities based on need. One of the main features of the tiller truck is its enhanced maneuverability.
This specific style of ladder truck is known as a tractor-drawn aerial, tiller ladder, or hook-and-ladder truck. It has a specialized turntable ladder mounted on a semi-trailer truck. Unlike a commercial semi, the trailer and tractor are permanently combined and would require special tools to separate them. It has two drivers, with separate steering wheels for front and rear wheels enabling it to navigate apartment complexes and other narrow roadways. Next time you see Medic Ladder 121 driving around Riverton watch the engineer and tiller operator work in concert to safely travel the roadways. Unified Fire Authority takes great pride in serving Riverton and doing so with this amazing piece of equipment helps equip the firefighters with the right tools to be effective. Please don’t hesitate to take a closer look when you see Medic Ladder 121 in the community.