Smeal Showcases First Updated Squrt Articulating Water Tower at FDIC

April 21, 2016
Ladder Tower Co. will exhibit Prospect Heights' new 54-foot Squrt Articulating Water Tower with a number of design enhancements.

EPHRATA, PENN. (April 21, 2016) – Ladder Tower Co. (LTC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., will exhibit a new 54-foot Squrt® Articulating Water Tower with a number of design enhancements in Booth #4321 during the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Exhibition in Indianapolis, Ind. April 21-23, 2016. This new Squrt is for Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Co. #1, which is led by Fire Chief Tom Leese. It will replace a 24-year-old Squrt that the department has had in its fleet. The new design features a new pump panel configuration, Smeal’s QL-12 peer-to-peer electrical system, and new, advanced joystick controls, but keeps all the features departments have always enjoyed.

“The iconic Squrt, with its articulating water tower, has always offered unique firefighting features, and we are particularly proud to be bringing back these aerial advantages in a newly enhanced design. We are very appreciative of Prospect Heights Volunteer Fire Company’s and Ewing Township’s confidence in our
ability to make the Squrt better than it’s ever been,” said Jeff Wegner, senior vice president of global sales for LTC and Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. “We are committed to revitalizing the LTC aerial product line, and this updated Squrt design is just one example.”

Squrt® Articulating Water Tower

The 54-foot Squrt Articulating Water Tower provides unmatched ability to position a master stream over or under obstructions exactly where it is needed. It also offers excellent sidewalk sweep capability with the ability to put place the monitor very close to the ground and near the vehicle. It features a 1,000-gpm articulating boom, 750 gallons of water, a 30-gallon Class B foam cell and 2,000-gpm Waterous pump. It has a low overall travel height of 10’8” and a narrow, 11’9” stabilizer spread for
fast, easy set-up on scene. The Squrt Articulating Water Tower can easily be added to a traditional pumper configuration to provide aerial capability with only a small increase in overall vehicle length.

A new 65-foot TeleSqurt Telescoping Boom-Ladder and Smeal 100-foot rear mount platform were part of the same order, and will be delivered to Ewing Township, New Jersey, along with the 54’ Squrt. Each of the aerials is built on a six-person Smeal Sirius fire chassis, and all feature Smeal’s proprietary QL-12™ peer-to-peer electrical system for enhanced reliability.

Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., including US Tanker Co. and Ladder Tower Co., is recognized as a premier manufacturer, inventor and innovator of customized fire apparatus. The company offers a full line of custom and commercial pumpers, rescue pumpers, mini and rescue pumpers, stainless steel tanker/tenders, aerial ladders, platforms, TDA’s, wildland, and urban interface vehicles. Smeal is committed to leading the industry in high quality fire apparatus, delivery times and customer experience. Smeal sells its products worldwide and is based in Snyder, Neb. To learn more, visit and


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