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Ladder truck passes test


January 30, 2020

The aerial ladder on the 1979 Maxim Fire truck for the Colfax Fire Department underwent a series of tests Thursday in the rain and passed, according to Assistant Chief Tim Tingley. The truck had been scheduled for the Underwriter Laboratories test.

The aerial ladder extends for 100 feet on the mounts on the truck.

UL ultrasound equipment was used to test the thickness of the ladder sections which gradually lose thickness because of rust. The last section of the ladder is now right at the minimum width allowed for certification.

The last section of the ladder is made up of the lightest gauge...

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