Residents of the Parkers Mill Fire District may not realize it, but they’re about to benefit from the fire department getting its first ever ladder truck.

Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of Pulaski County Fiscal Court, county officials got a chance to see the new truck which recently arrived and is currently being equipped before it joins the Parkers Mill fleet.

“Pulaski County is known throughout the state as having the best fire departments and the best equipment to serve the public,” Judge-Executive Steve Kelley said. “We are excited to be able to continue in that commitment. This new ladder truck is state of the art, and will be a great addition to our efforts here in Pulaski County.”

 Fiscal Court awarded a $739,972 bid in May to Louisiana-based Ferrara Fire Apparatus for the custom-built fire truck.

According to Public Safety Director Stacy Halcomb, the truck was purchased by the Pulaski County Fire Commission — which is funded by an insurance premium tax.

The insurance premiums themselves are determined in part through ISO (Insurance Service Office) rates. Parkers Mill Fire Chief David Volz noted that ISO recommended a ladder truck for the department based on businesses and homes served within the district — which encompasses some 12,000 people.

 The 77-foot ladder will replace a “telesquirt” truck which shot water up through a boom, Volz said. The new truck is also equipped with a 2000-gallon pump and foam system. But it’s the ladder, the fire chief continued, that offers the biggest attraction.

“It can really help in rescue situations,” Volz said, “and helps maintain our current ISO rating.”