Altus Firefighters take first look at Sutphen Aerial Platform

Jason Angus Reporter jangus@civitasmedia.com

October 16, 2013

Altus Fire Department received delivery of their brand new Sutphen Aerial Platform unit on Tuesday Oct. 15, where it arrived at Station #1 in Altus. The $809,100 unit was transported from the Sutphen Plant in Columbus, Ohio.

Altus Fire Department members began a walk-through of the SP 70 Plus Aerial Platform in the bay of Station #1 around 1:30 p.m, with a delivery engineer from the Sutphen plant. The walk-through continued out of Station #1, across town to the City Reservoir to raise the aerial platform and pump water through the system to conduct pump training. House Representative Charles Ortega, along with former City Council members Scot Simco and Jack Smiley, came to check out the new unit. Oretega and Altus Fire Chief Jerry Abbott were the first to ascend over 70 feet in the aerial platform with Delivery Engineer Paul Matune.

“Sutphen is a 5th generation, family owned company from Columbus,” Dean Shumaker sales dealer explained. We’ve been around for 32 years.” AFD decided to go with the company because surrounding cities including Lawton, Duncan, Ardmore, and Witchita Falls are Sutphen customers.

“The main reason Altus selected this unit is because of it’s versatility. It can respond to a fire like a regular pumper, but also has capability of 70 plus aerial platform. It carries 500 gallons of water in it’s booster tank, and is equipped with a 1500 gpm pump. It has a full compliment of ground ladders and also carries all the hoses of a pumper.”

Paul Matune, Delivery Engineer explained every detail about the unit, demonstrating how to operate every aspect of the unit’s functions, and will conduct training through Thursday.

“We will be training many hours before putting it to service,” Fire Chief Abbott said.

“On behalf of the Altus Fire Department, I’d like to thank the Council, the Mayor, and former Council members that helped us get this apparatus,” Abbott said during last night’s City Council meeting. “You’ll be seeing it out on the road the next two or three weeks. We’ll be training on it really hard.” Abbott also thanked the citizens of Altus.