VIDEO: As part of the city’s plan to repaint its public safety vehicles, nine fire trucks are slated to turn gray.
In the past few months, the city has been repainting and detailing its entire fleet. Police cars, EMS ambulances and sanitation trucks are getting a makeover. Fire trucks are last, and the fire union is trying to draw the line. KDKA has learned the fire union will deliver a letter to Mayor Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council on Monday asking that the fire engines stay red. In addition to upsetting tradition, the fire union is objecting to repainting the vehicles on financial and public safety grounds.
Union President Ralph Sicuro said the trucks will be taken out of service while a half-dozen other trucks are in the city garage for repairs. He contends that the gray color is a safety hazard because it will make the trucks less visible to the public.