VAN BUREN (KFSM) - One local fire department has recently undergone several major changes.
It all started at the beginning of July when they hired a new fire chief.
Now, the Van Buren Fire Department is welcoming another new addition to Fire Station Number 4 -- a new ladder truck with a 105-foot ladder.
"With having the extra 30 feet it will help put out fires at hotels," said Fire Chief Tim Arnold.
In the event of an emergency, firefighters can set up the ladder truck and start battling the flames in just minutes.
The new truck is capable of saving more lives as well as keeping firefighters safe.
"Its bigger and has more pumping capacity," Arnold said.
Although response times won't be any different, each call will have three pumpers and a ladder truck responding. Arnold said this is an overall better truck for them to use.
"The community is safer and the firefighters are safer with using this new truck," he said.
The truck cost them more than $700,000, which will take the fire department about five years to pay off. The ladder truck is the only one of it's kind within the Van Buren Fire Department.