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Aging New Orleans Fire Fleet Stranding Firefighters

September 30, 2015

Photo of NOFD ladder truck via Wikimedia.
Photo of NOFD ladder truck via Wikimedia.

The aging New Orleans Fire Department fleet has come under increased scrutiny, following several vehicle breakdowns that stranded firefighters heading to calls, reports the New Orleans Advocate.

The agency's trucks, which are at least 10 years old, have become a negotiating chip in the firefighters' ongoing battle with the city with lawsuits over back pay and pension issues.

Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell has promised to make some moves to replace some of the trucks, and has acknowledged that there isn't enough money for new equipment. Replacing the city's entire fleet would cost $30 million and take five to six years.

Comments

  1. 1. john Mc Corkhill [ October 16, 2015 @ 01:59PM ]

    Poor folks...10 year old fire trucks! There are lots of agencies around the country that would be tickled pink to drive fire trucks that are only 10 years old. My assumption is somebody misquoted the age of these vehicles and maybe meant to say 20 or 30 years old

 

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