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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  • by Demo on Aug 7, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    Instead buying cars for most people who won't be able to make the payments, the gov should be helping our vfd's out.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    Exactly mike, you would think that they would have had a mechanic go over the engine and a pump technician test all the pumping equipment. Did the broker say "I promise they work"?They shoulda been a little smarter with our money.
  • by DC Location: Kinston on Aug 7, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    Where is the Obama handout when you need it? Waste money getting turtles across the road.
  • by rolo Location: fayette -nam on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    cash for pumpers
  • by mike Location: hamilton on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:55 AM
    sounds like they didn't do their homework before they bought them. a certified copy of a pump test should have been reviewed before any money changed hands.sounds like they need to file a lawsuit to get their money back.
  • by Curious Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    Cash for Clunkers?
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