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short of trucks Jackson, who voted against the 2013 purchase and abstained in 2012, said the scenario with the city’s fleet of fire trucks, police vehicles and sanitation trucks was produced by the bad preparation practices of the mayor and City Council majority. City authorities are debating whether a recent rash of Decatur Fire and Rescue fire truck breakdowns are the result of previous decisions to purchase utilized trucks. 2 weeks ago, the fire department didn’t have a ladder truck or reserve engine pumper, and Station 1 on Fifth Opportunity Southwest lacked a truck for a day since of the breakdowns, stated Fire Chief Tony Grande. Grande stated the department “simply went through a spell” where numerous trucks broke down. He stated it was particularly unusual for both of the city’s ladder trucks to have problems requiring service at the same time. Fire and Rescue typically runs with a ladder truck and 8 pumper engines in service and a ladder truck and two pumper engines in reserve, however Grande said the breakdowns left the department a little brief. Nevertheless, Grande said the city was covered. The department made the most of a deal in which it can briefly rent trucks from Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, of Oak Grove. Not having a ladder truck might have been a problem if there had actually been a fire in downtown Decatur or among the city’s industries. However Grande said he notified surrounding fire departments in Hartselle and Neel of the problem. Those departments have ladder trucks. “I called our local partners and told them, ‘We might require your assistance,'” Grande said. City Councilman Billy Jackson associated Fire and Rescue’s breakdown problems to recent choices to purchase used trucks. In 2013, the city purchased a 2003 engineer pumper for $204,500, less a trade-in reduction of $37,500 for three older Decatur fire trucks. The truck had 59,229 miles and 4,988 hours on it at the time of the purchase. The city bought a truck in 2012 with 4,500 miles on it for $199,000 from …
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