JOPLIN, Mo. - This is the first 100-foot aerial ladder aluminum fire truck west of the Mississippi. The City of Joplin has had the truck for nearly 80-years, but retired it back in 1984 In the late 90's the city began making the truck historically and mechanically sound to host events and navigate through some parades for everyone to see.
"The men that use to work on something like this, they were family men lived here. It's it's a wonderful nostalgic piece that they've been able to maintain," said Doug Nolan, City of Joplin Fire Department Battalion Chief.
The truck is now in Station 1, but soon will be housed at Station 6 so they can continue to work on it in a secondary position and not a front bay.