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Nashville's Fire Trucks Plagued With Maintenance Issues

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville firefighters said they're frustrated with a fleet of fire trucks and engines they said are constantly breaking down, potentially causing safety issues for both firefighters and the people they protect.

"We've got some equipment here in Nashville that is way past replacement time. These trucks, they're taking a pounding," explained Mark Young with the firefighters union.

According to Young, he receives calls almost everyday from concerned firefighters who are worried about the continually deteriorating condition of the trucks they have to use each day.

"It all falls back to our equipment's age and it's time to replace it," he added.

On Friday, there were almost 10 fire trucks or fire engines that had been brought to the city's fleet maintenance center in need of various kinds of repairs ranging from transmission problems to brake issues.

"When you have equipment that's less than average it's a safety issue," Young said.

City officials said they are trying to replace fire trucks that are at least 10 years old or have 100,000 miles on them but admit it is a slow process.


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