It's going to take at least 12 months for the city of Florence's new fire trucks to be built, and today they returned two fire trucks they were leasing.
We wanted to know what the city will do if their current trucks break down while the new ones are being built.
The Florence mayor told WAAY 31 having the leased trucks for two months gave their mechanic time to do routine maintenance and fix some of their fire trucks.
"At least they have somebody working on it," Nakisha Shipley tells us she's glad Florence fire trucks are being fixed, but they returned two leased trucks and it's goign to take at least a year for new trucks to be built, which leaves her asking the question... "What if something happens?"
Back in February of 2018 the Florence fire department ran into this exact problem. Fire trucks broke down then the reserve trucks broke down. One fire station didn't have a fire truck for weeks.
"It just all broke down at once," Florence Mayor Steve Holt said.
The solution to the problem was to bring in the leased trucks for two months, which were returned on Thursday.
"It allowed our mechanic not to just put a bandaid on things, but take the time and do what he needed to do," Holt said.
The Florence city council approved the fire department to buy a new ladder truck and pump truck for about 1.6 million dollars. It's going to take at least a year for theose new trucks to be operational. Florence Mayor Steve Holt told us all their trucks are running, but if they break down again the fire truck manufacturer has agreed to help.
"We may be able to lease a truck from them again in order to fill a gap. I hope that doesn't happen but if it does we have some things in place," Holt told us.
City officials tell us the chances of their trucks breaking down are slim but they are prepared if that happens.
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