Indiana City’s Costly Fire Truck is Problem-Plagued

March 13, 2012

A southwestern Indiana city is trying to rid itself of a sophisticated fire truck that’s saddled its fire department with more than $100,000 in repairs since it was purchased 13 years ago.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that the city’s fire department bought the Quint 8 Spartan fire truck in 1999.

The sophisticated vehicle became problematic four years later when the first in a series of mechanical problems arose.

Lead fire department mechanic Tony Jackson says the fire truck has been out of 26 percent of its life.

The repair bill for the truck during 13 years totals more than $103,000. Evansville has 17 front-line trucks that required $56,000 in repairs and routine maintenance last year, and one third of those costs were spent on Quint 8.

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