01/28/10 366 W, 1 I - + 11 - 6 Zebulon's Ladder Getting Refurbished

Where’s Zebulon’s ladder truck these days, you ask? It’s being refurbished by KME, and has been at the factory since November. The project cost approximately $260,000, exclusively town funded. KME was awarded the job because they operate the Grumman plant where the truck was originally constructed.

Ladder 95 is a 1987 Grumman Aerial Cat, 102-foot platform with a 1,500 GPM pump. It was the first aerial apparatus in the county1, and was bought after Glaxo pharmaceuticals built a plant in town.


The majority of the refurbishments are mechanical or safety-related. Below is the expected work list, though that could change as major unexpected costs could result in removed items. Note also that cab work is minor. Wendell is currently providing aerial coverage to the town. The apparatus is expected back in April or May.




1Who else had early ladders? Cary in 1988, Knightdale in 1992 (but soon sold), Holly Springs in 1997 (converted 55-foot utility company bucket truck!), Wendell in 1999 (Raleigh's old tiller). Who's been left out?

Apex had their first in mid 1990. It was an 89 model that was a demo. It was sold in 2007 to Calabash FD
Apex Batt Chief - 01/28/10 - 23:02

Sniff…sniff….(wiping a single tear).
Silver - 01/29/10 - 03:15

Anyone have any idea when Zebulon’s ladder is due back?
Update - 06/26/10 - 20:22

SUPPOSED to be delivered on July 6th. We’ll see…
Zeb101 - 06/27/10 - 09:01

Quote from resident on NC 96 near Youngsville several years ago “Whisky Tango Foxtrot was that a Zebulon truck running lights and siren” Destination was large church building on US 1 in Franklinton where it was supplied from drop tank and 26 tankers from 20 departments.
Rob Mitchell - 06/27/10 - 11:00

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