Toledo Fire Department requests $5 million for 6 new fire truck engines

  • Source: ToledoNewsNow
  • Published: 10/10/2018 02:28 AM

The Toledo Fire Department has been dealing with a growing frustration. Firefighters have been forced to deal with an aging fleet of vehicle, while rushing to rescue calls. Fire Chief Brian Byrd said he needs new trucks. "Some of our fire stations are some of the busiest in the country," explained Chief Byrd. With a recent spike in calls for service the fleet of trucks used by the 18 fire stations across Toledo are constantly on the go, putting a major strain on the rigs used on a daily basis. WTOL 11 obtained a list through a city source, showing every vehicle owned by the fire department; most are less than 10 years old. But others, which are used as reserves or backup trucks, have extremely high millage and based upon pictures, they are showing serious signs of wear. Many of the reserve trucks are well over 15 years old and have clocked more than 200,000 miles. There were two ladder trucks on the list, that were originally built back in 1983. "We are trying to do what we can, to make the best out of what we have', said Byrd.


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