Broken Fire Trucks

A North Carolina fire department is counting its pennies because it paid $176,000 for two secondhand fire trucks that don't work.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Friday that Cumberland
County's Westarea Volunteer Fire Department bought the 1998 pumper
tankers in 2006 from a Georgia vehicle broker and have tried for
years either to get repairs or money from the company.

Westarea fire board treasurer Steve Blanchard says the
department could run out of money by December if spending isn't
controlled.

He has advised fire chiefs to staff trucks with minimal crews on
calls within the district and suggested chiefs ignore calls from
outside the district unless mutual-aid agreements require the
department to respond.


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