SFD borrows fire trucks from Baton Rouge
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The Shreveport Fire Department has borrowed two trucks from the Baton Rouge Fire Department, a spokesperson with the department confirms.
The two borrowed trucks are in the reserve fleet and are not currently in service on the streets. SFD also recently borrowed an ambulance from Bossier Parish; it too is in the reserve fleet.
This comes not long after the department unveiled three brand-new fire trucks.
The department had setbacks over the past two weeks, with a fire truck’s engine catching fire and temporary station closures due to no available reserved trucks. The ongoing mechanical issues forced the department to ask for help from outside sources.
Clarence Reece, Jr., administrative assistant to the fire chief, said the newly added units will help bring the department relief.
”Anytime any of the firetrucks has any kind of mechanical issue or failure, of course we worry about our safety. Not only our safety of riding on, it but the safety of the citizens,” said Reece.
He says it’s been a difficult year with all the constant repairs.
“We’ve steadily seen an increase in the amount of mechanical failures over the past couple of few years. The older it gets, the more worn it gets and the more repairs it’s going to require. But this year has hurt us pretty hard,” Reece said.
Despite unit issues and temporary closures of the fire stations, Reece says they are not affecting public safety.
“We keep up with response times the entire year. This is something that we report mid-year and at the end of the year. Right now we have a fire truck at every station, so it’s not affecting response times right now,” he said.
Despite this, Reece says there is still a need for more trucks.
“Brand new fire trucks is what’s needed. Trucks that belong to the Shreveport Fire Department,” he said.
Shreveport voters will vote on a $24 million dollar bond issue in November. Some of that money would fund new trucks and fire equipment.
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