Florence has a plan in place in case fire trucks break down

In February multiple fire trucks broke down.

Posted: May 10, 2018 4:30 PM

It's going to take at least 12 months for the city of Florence’s new fire trucks to be built and they returned two fire trucks they were leasing.

Florence Mayor, Steve Holt, said having the leased trucks for two months gave their mechanic time to do routine maintenance and fix some of their fire trucks.

"It allowed our mechanic not to just put a band-aid on things and take the time and do what he needed to do," said Holt.

Back in February the Florence Fire Department had fire trucks break 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," said Holt.

The solution to the problem was to bring in the leased trucks for two months, which were returned on Thursday.

The Florence City Council approved the fire department to buy a new ladder truck and pump truck for about $1.6 million. It's going to take at least a year for those new trucks to be operational. Holt said 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 feel a gap. I hope that doesn't happen, but if it does we have some things in place," said Holt.

City officials said the chances of their trucks breaking down are slim, but they are prepared if that happens.

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