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New ladder truck adds key weapon to Vale Fire Department’s arsenal

VALE – When Vale Fire Chief Jess Tolman arrived at the house fire on Glenn Street last February, he realized he was going to need to utilize all the resources of his department to snuff out the blaze.The fire, ignited in couch cushions, eventually destroyed the home and required more than 25 emergency service personnel from Oregon and Idaho.Early on in the emergency, Tolman said firefighters needed to get water to the rear of the house and he deployed the department’s ladder truck.“The ladder wasn’t long enough to extend over the back of the house to get the water where we needed it,” said Tolman.Tolman’s department now won’t have to worry about such a shortcoming after the delivery of a 2022 Rosenbauer ladder truck last week.“This is a great step into the future,” said Austin Findling, a Vale firefighter.Tolman picked . . .