Drumheller firefighters got to play a little on the weekend.
They were testing out a new ladder truck that manufacturer Rosenbauer made available for them to put through the paces.
"We took it out; we have about six or eight guys out," reported Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "We drove it around town, took it up the hills, put it near some structure that if we had a fire, to make sure we could reach those structures and that kind of thing. It was a real good day to try it out."
"We tried out a truck from Commercial Truck last year; they had it in the province," he added. "We're checking out what we can check out to see what suits our needs."
The Drumheller Fire Department's old ladder truck is nearing the end of its life and Town Council has approved spending $1 million to purchase a replacement.
"There's not many ladder truck manufacturers out there, so it's just a matter of now of putting another RFP (Request For Purchase) out and seeing what kind of response we get," stated Wade. "Hopefully we can get some response before the snow flies."