MERIDIAN -- Meridian firefighters will get a boost fighting fires in tall buildings.
The Meridian Fire department has its first aerial ladder truck.
The truck has a 101-foot ladder that will allow firefighters to combat flames in buildings up to seven stories high.
The ability to fight a fire above the third floor has become increasingly important in Meridian as new apartments, hotels and office buildings are built in the area.
"This is something that has been long dreamed about for the Meridian Fire Department," said Meridian Fire Chief Ron Anderson.
The ladder on the truck is equipped with a special bucket. Firefighters can use it to reach the roof of a burning structure, or to evacuate people from upper floors.