The most expensive vehicle in Johnson County just might be found in the garage of Consolidated Fire District No. 2 of Northeast Johnson County at 63rd and Mission.
The department recently took delivery of a 100-foot aerial ladder truck from the Pierce company of Appleton, Wisc. And it comes with a hefty price tag: $975,000.
The trade-in price that CFD2 got for the 10-year-old aerial ladder truck the new unit is replacing wasn’t too shabby either. The volunteer fire department in Campbellsville, KY paid $350,000.
But with prices increasing almost 5 percent annually for the specialized aerial rig, hitting the million dollar mark was bound to happen.
“We keep them for 10 years because we found that after that the maintenance cost is more expensive than replacement,” said Brian Montgomery, the driver of the new vehicle.
And it does have a few features beyond your usual luxury vehicle. Its six wheels can be steered individually to allow it to maneuver in cramped places and its ladder can reach 10 stories to pluck people from tall buildings.
At a training session in a Mission parking lot the hydraulic-powered support legs provided impressive stability and the new aerial ladder truck is loaded with safety gear.
It’s one of two aerial ladder trucks owned by CDF2. The 65-member department also has four pumper trucks, one heavy rescue vehicle, a squad pickup truck and a vehicle for battalion chiefs.