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Damaged ladder truck back in service

April 08, 1998

A week-old $549,298 ladder truck that was damaged while firefighters were battling the March 24 fire at the West End Market is back in service, said Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker.

Western Enterprise Fire Co.'s ladder truck was out of service for three days, and repairs are expected to cost about $2,000, Hawbaker said.

The water nozzle on the truck's ladder was damaged when a fire official misplaced a pin that controls the nozzle, Hawbaker said.

Fire personnel were trained in how to operate the new ladder trucks, he said.

The cost of the repairs will come out of the fire department's maintenance budget, which is funded by the city's general fund, he said.

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The ladder truck, which went into service on March 19, was the first of two new ladder trucks Hagerstown will get this year.

The second $549,298 truck is expected to go into service for Pioneer, Hook & Ladder Co. on April 15, Hawbaker said.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the West End Market fire, Hawbaker said.

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