We Still Need That Equipment

The need for proper firefighting equipment is back in the spotlight after recent fires in one town. Firemen say a ladder truck could have helped them better fight the fire that destroyed Howell's office supply in Live Oak Tuesday 12/27.

The truck allows water to be elevated and sprayed directly on fire. It costs around a half of million dollars.

Chad Croft, Live Oak Fire Chief, says, "After taking to the council recently, the mayor and the administrator, that it is something we're definitely going to pursue. I've been instructed to go back, pull the specs out, get a hold of truck vendors and make the necessary calls."

The issue of needing the ladder truck first arose in 1995 when a fire completely destroyed almost an entire block of downtown.

The purchase was turned down with a four to one vote by the city council.