A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT continues in the Smokies. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m., due to continued snowfall, with 1 - 3" possible. This also applies to farther Northeastern Tennessee, so I-40 at the NC line and I-81 into the Tri-Cities can have hazard road conditions at times. The Plateau and Southeastern Kentucky have on and off snow showers.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Pigeon Forge firefighters are training on an all new million dollar piece of equipment that should be safer for them to operate.
The new 100’ aerial platform ladder truck will replace a 24-year old ladder truck. This new ladder truck is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and its overall design will offer better maneuverability along with ease of operation. These changes will allow the driver to pull forward into the area during an emergency instead of sometimes having to back in.
"And being able to maneuver through the traffic, the turning radius it keeps it lower which is great for us in this traffic congestion that we have. So we feel like for our drivers it's going to be easier to maneuver around," said Pigeon Forge Chief Tony Watson.
The truck will be equipped with a water tank and a 2,000 gallon per minute fire pump.
The fire staff is currently training on the truck and it should go into service next week.
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