It’s big, yellow, and hopefully not on a street near you.
But if you need it, you’ll be glad it’s nearby.
On Friday, March 4, the OWL Volunteer Fire Department posted a video on their Facebook page announcing the arrival of their new ladder truck, a tower. “It’s called a ‘tower’ because of the platform on the ladder which has the ability to flow water as well as perform rescues from high places and assist others rescue operations,” Dave Williams, president of the OWL Volunteer Fire Department, told Potomac Local News.
Built in Wisconsin by Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, firefighters in Woodbridge and Lake Ridge will use the new Aerial Scope truck for firefighting and specialized rescue missions.
The $1.5 million fire truck will be set up at Fire Station 12 at 2170 Montgomery Avenue in Woodbridge. The device was paid for with mix of county tax funds, money from the OWL Fire Department, and cash received after negotiating the old department tower purchased in 2009.
Fire crews will perform a detailed inspection of the truck and then mount everything necessary on the device. After that, all firefighters will be trained to use nearby equipment, Williams adds.
“This type of truck is essential for many special situations, rescues and large fires,” Willaims said. “There are few [types of trucks] in the county due to the high cost and specialized training required.
Like its 2009 predecessor, the new truck is painted bright yellow.
“Yellow is a tradition with OWL,” Williams said. “There is no doubt that OWL is coming because of the unique color scheme. Yellow is also a more vibrant color and stands out better for safety.
The OWL (Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton) Volunteer Fire Department is one of the largest volunteer services in the country. With nearly 300 members and three operating fire stations, OWL handles 14,000 calls a year, serving more than 60,000 people.