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January 9, 2008

Albany --  Ladder truck number one is still being outfitted, but firefighters began a three day training program on the capabilities of the new ladder truck.

The 2007 American La-France fire truck has an automatic ladder system that can reach 110 feet off the ground. From the tip of the ladder they can pump 2000 gallons of water a minute, as well as a full foam system, and special rescue features like communication and air.

"It is used for the taller buildings if it's necessary, but also for the reach of the ladder. Not necessarily straight up. We can't get as close as we like sometimes, and that reach is good," said Albany Fire Training Chief  Ron Rowe.

The new ladder truck cost the city of Albany $516,000, nearly $200,000below list price for these trucks.

It should go into service in two weeks, when all the new equipment is installed and training completed.

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