City approves bid for new CFD ladder truck

Columbus Fire Department expects to spend about $2.11 million on a new 100-foot aerial platform ladder truck.

The Columbus Board of Works voted on Tuesday to approve a $2,111,651 bid from Fire Service Inc. for the vehicle.

According to Fire Chief Andy Lay, this kind of truck takes about three years to build, and he expects it to be delivered in 2026.

“Currently, we have a 2008 aerial platform that is 15 years old and, upon delivery, by the time it’s on the street, it could be 18 to 19 years old,” said Lay. “And we’re trying to replace, per NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) guidelines, at the 15-year mark.”

He said at a previous meeting that the old ladder truck will be kept as a backup.