NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-Ladder trucks from area fire departments look resplendent as they reach toward the night sky in the parking lot of the Mahopac firehouse on Route 6. The Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department held a drill Thursday (March 22) while hosting the first “Ladder Fest” in Putnam County. It featured aerial equipment from departments around the area, including Croton Falls, Carmel, Somers, Brewster and Patterson. Departments without aerials were invited to get up close and personal to see how the equipment works. There was a Q&A session as each ladder went through its paces.