Fire dept ladder truck returns to service

AFMA Ladder 102, stationed in Sun City West

Arizona Fire & Medical Authority ladder truck 102 is back in service at Station 102, 20622 Stardust Blvd.

A problem was found with the unit when it was undergoing a third-party safety check in Nov. 2018.

Eric Kriwer, AFMA deputy chief and fire marshal, explained the trucks are checked twice per year.

“We cannot have failure at an incident. People will be hurt if it is not operating as it should,” Mr. Kriwer said.

In addition to using the ladders for height, ladder trucks also carry special equipment used in rescues and other special situations. Station 102 also has a ladder tender unit stationed there which carries the special equipment and responds to all calls where needed.

Ladder 102 was supposed to be used in the Day for Charity Pickleball Drop on Jan. 26, but wasn’t available. That event has now been rescheduled to be conducted indoors 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 13 at Summit Hall B, Palm Ridge Recreation Center, 13800 Deer Valley Drive.

The AFMA maintains four engines, four ambulance units, one ladder, one ladder tender, two brush trucks and three water tenders in the North County Fire & Medical District.

Additionally, AFMA maintains four engines and two ambulances in the South County Fire & Medical District.

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