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Department working to replace out-of-service fire trucks

DANVILLE -- The fire department is being forced to move some equipment around.
DANVILLE -- The fire department is being forced to move some equipment around. Repairs have sidelined two big trucks. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine has more.

The plan is to replace two fire trucks which were having problems and haven't been on the road. But, department leaders say the community has nothing to worry about.

"We have delivery of water issues in two vehicles. One is a pumper and one is an aerial unit."

Both trucks were at Station 1 and haven't been on the road in months.

"As all mechanical issues will be, they come just like anyone's car or truck they may own themselves. It can be working fine and all of a sudden, there may be lights that come on."

That's exactly what happened.

"In the case of Engine 1 or the aerial truck, it started telling us there were some issues."

It turned to to be a transmission problem and daily maintenance discovered a hole in the water pump on the second. Not having an aerial truck is a big loss, but they're battling the problem by putting two reserve pumper trucks on the road.

"I want to make this very clear, the community has not or is not in any capacity lacking in fire service or fire safety from the fire division."

Since August, the department says it has successfully put out eight building fires with the trucks they have. The mayor still wants to buy new ones.

"We don't have units in reserve like we would like to have so this gives us the ability to do that."

Buying two new trucks like this could cost over $1 million. The city says they're already getting prepared to pay for it.

"By looking now for the funding sources that we can identify to purchase these two new pieces of equipment."

The fire department will either lease the trucks over the next 15 - 20 years or look at a bonding option.
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