Dating back to the 1600’s, when hand-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons, and hose carts were used, the equipment had to be manually pushed into the fire station by hand. At Brentwood’s Fire Station Three, located at 1750 General George Patton Drive, members of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department, were able to celebrate the present, with a nod to the past on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Last year, the city approved a $899,943 purchase for a custom Pierce fire truck. A committee of Brentwood fire staff, led by Lt. David Wright, helped create and build Ladder 53 to meet the specific needs of Brentwood. Brentwood City Manager Kirk Bednar said, “the apparatus was designed exclusively to serve both the unique residential and commercial districts common to the Cool Springs area to which it will be assigned.” The versatile, multi-use apparatus consists of ground ladders and an aerial ladder device, water tank, pump, and hose lines. Brentwood Fire & Rescue currently has three Pierce fire apparatus in the fleet, with the new truck being the fourth. Pierce Manufacturing is based in Appleton, Wisconsin, where it started manufacturing fire trucks in 1913.

Here are three things to know about Ladder 53.

The custom fire truck was built from the ground up and took ten months to complete. Brentwood took delivery of the truck on May 7, 2019.

It’s the first clean cab truck in Brentwood. For the firefighters, they no longer have to transport contaminated equipment or uniforms in the cab, it is now transported in a sealed off compartment keeping the cab clean.

The new truck has a 75-foot long ladder, weighs 56,300 pounds with a height of 11 foot 8 inches with a 1500 gallon per minute pump.

The City of Brentwood started its fire department in 1986, averaging almost 4,000 calls per year while serving the 43,889 citizens of Brentwood.

See our video from the event below.