The 78-foot E-One ladder truck goes into service Monday out of Station 3 on North Hill Street, said Fire Chief Tommy Jones, but Ladder 3 will be unveiled at the parade. Jones said the new truck cost about $644,000 and replaces a 1975 Snorkle truck, which the city will be selling at auction.
With the new truck, Jones said, “there will be a ladder truck at every call, at least at every structure fire.”
It will help the city’s ISO (insurance) rating, he said,
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which could reduce homeowner’s insurance costs.
“We have two aerials now,” Jones said, “which is very rare for a community our size.”
This latest piece of equipment, will be part of the plan to transfer Station 3 into a special operations unit, Jones said.
“We are very grateful to (Griffin Police) Chief (Frank) Strickland, (City Manager) Mr. (Kenny) Smith and the commissioners for their leadership in allowing us to purchase this,” Jones said.
The new fire truck will be one of four Griffin-Fire Rescue vehicles in tonight’s parade, the chief said.
The 50th Annual Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, “A Christmas Night of Lights,” begins at 6 p.m., in Downtown Griffin. with participants staging on Spalding Drive before heading down Taylor Street, with the parade ending at 5th Street in front of the former Taylor Street Middle School.
Activities begin at 5 p.m., tonight, with an outdoor Mistletoe Market at the Park at Sixth, complete with vendors, a hot cocoa bar, mule cart rides, marshmallow toasting, and a children’s area where the elected officials will distribute candy to the crowd.
The Mistletoe Market will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the parade begins at 6 p.m., and the annual tree lighting will be at 8 p.m., at City Hall by the Customer Service entrance on Hill Street.