Walla Walla Fire Department unveils new, longer ladder truck

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Fire Department welcomed a brand new ladder truck to the fleet Tuesday after a year-long wait.

The 109-foot-long ladder truck was custom built for the department by Rosenbaur America, and will replace a 75-foot ladder truck built in 1984 by Seagraves. The new truck was presented to the Walla Walla City Council on Wednesday night during regular council session, and will be housed at Fire Station 1.

MedStar smartphone app expected to cut response times

Northwest MedStar announced the launch of a new smartphone application for emergency service providers that could help reduce response times, MedStar announed Wednesday.

The free application will put Northwest MedStar on alert when emergency responders believe air transport may be needed.

The application sends GPS coordinates to MedStar's communication center, and puts flight crews on standby, allowing faster response times if air transport is needed.

The application also allows for ongoing communication with MedStar as needed, according to a press release, and includes a camera function and emergency protocol and reference information.

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