New fire rig to serve Falcon Heights, Lauderdale

Bart Fischer, Falcon Heights city administrator, left, and Michael Poeschl, fire chief, show off the city’s new ladder truck. Photo by Roger Bergerson

Bart Fischer, Falcon Heights city administrator, left, and Michael Poeschl, fire chief, show off the city’s new ladder truck. Photo by Roger Bergerson

The Falcon Heights Fire Department recently took delivery on a high-capability replacement for its aging ladder truck.

City officials used $715,000 in bonding to finance the new fire truck, purchased from a custom manufacturer in Appleton, Wis.

“We’re going to be much better-prepared to respond to both rescue and fire calls,” said Michael Poeschl, the city’s fire chief. “The new truck operates more smoothly, will be more reliable, can carry an additional firefighter and will reach about two stories higher than the old truck.”

Poeschl, a 13-year veteran of the department, recently was named to succeed Clem Kurhajetz, who retired after nearly 30 years of service. Falcon Heights fire also serves Lauderdale.

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