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December 12, 2013

City to get new truck for firefighters

Union: Pumper trucks are old, unreliable

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“These policies are necessary in order to preserve the life of these very expensive vehicles,” the mayor said. “As part of purchasing (a new pumper truck), I intend to ask the chief if there are further restrictions or amendments to the policy which should be enacted.”

Six of the pumper trucks have more than 100,000 miles on them and four were bought by the city in the 1980s. The oldest is a 1984 model with 110,000 miles, and the truck used most is a 1995 model with 159,000 miles, the union said.

The two newest trucks, added to the fleet in 2006, have 74,000 and 93,000 miles on them.

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