|Published:||Apr 26, 2011 3:25 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 26, 2011 12:27 AM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral city leaders are responding to reports that their city fire trucks missed important repairs.
A consultant's report released last week found cases where trucks missed oil changes for years, sometimes leading to costly repairs.
"Conditions were what I would describe as substandard maintenance, and some conditions were unsafe," said city manager Gary King.
King says the city hasn't had workers properly trained for maintaining emergency vehicles.
"We do not have any-- let me repeat, any-- certified emergency vehicle technicians on our staff," King told the city council on Monday night.
Firefighters run regular checklists on the trucks, but not necessarily for under-the-hood problems.
The fire chief says an aging fleet adds to the problem.
"Many of the trucks we have are 15 to 20 years old," said Chief Bill Van Helden. "One of the ladder trucks is 22 years old, we will have issues."
The city manager says Cape Coral is working to certify its own repair team next month. In the meantime, he recommended a $100,000 deal for Lee County to do repairs.
While frustrated, council members say the safety of firefighters and citizens needs to come first.
"I am all for making sure this equipment is kept in top-notch condition," said council member Marty McClain.
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