We will tell you how many and describe some of them over the next several issues of TORN, starting with our Pierce 75 Aerial Ladder Truck.

The ladder truck also serves as the pumper for our first-responder fire truck (connecting the fire engine to a hydrant). The ladder can reach to 75 feet, and the pumper can deliver 1500 gallons per minute. Ocean Reef purchased it in 1996. It has served faithfully for nineteen years, but the salt water (we used to employ salt water for fire-fighting) and salt air have taken their toll. A replacement ladder truck is in the 2016 ORCA budget. Fire Captain O’Neal Hudson says he will miss her.