Growth prompts Kyle Fire Dept. to buy $800,000 ladder truck

Increased growth has prompted the Kyle Fire Department to purchase its first ladder truck for $800,000, which Fire Chief Kyle Taylor said would be a “helpful resource” for the growing community.

The new ladder truck is being paid for with a seven-year note using ad valorem taxes to cover the expense.

Taylor said the brand new ladder truck is still in Wisconsin; KFD staff plans on traveling to Wisconsin Feb. 11 to complete the final inspection. Taylor said he expects the ladder truck to arrive in Kyle around March 1.

Taylor said the reason behind the purchase of the new truck was attributed mainly to rapid growth, which he “doesn’t see it slowing down anytime soon.” According to new population estimates, Kyle has more than 43,000 people.

Taylor said there are more apartments and multi-level structures in Kyle, which makes the need for a ladder truck apparent. However, Taylor said the new truck would also be helpful in swift water rescues and as a pumper truck.

“We have a history of seeing small fires in multi-story buildings, but you never know when something is going to happen,” Taylor said.

Taylor said the new ladder truck would replace one of the department’s existing pumper trucks and would reside at the downtown fire station.

Taylor said there wouldn’t be a need for additional personnel to man the new ladder truck. Taylor said the department doesn’t anticipate purchasing a second ladder truck for some time.

“On the east side of town we don’t have a lot of hydrants and the ladder truck doesn’t hold a lot of water so right now we only need the one ladder truck,” Taylor said.

Kyle joins the Buda Fire Department in adding a ladder truck to its fleet. Emergency Service District No. 8, or Buda Fire, rolled out its $500,000 ladder truck in 2017.

San Marcos Fire Department has three ladder trucks in its fleet.

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