Published: Dec 11, 2012 5:02 PM EST
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 5:46 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Cape Coral firefighters union is demanding better maintenance of fire rigs. The union president says there are too many problems with brakes, batteries, and other preventable, mechanical issues.

"Public safety is at risk, the safety of our people is at risk," says Brendan Fonock, president of the fire union in the Cape.

Fonock pointed to a recent fire in which a tanker truck could not respond, because it would not start.

The tape of the dispatch call carries the exasperated words of the driver of the tanker truck.

"The battery will not start, again," he says in a radio call to the commander at the scene of the fire. 

The union wants the city to create a position of Lieutenant in charge of Maintenance in the fire department.  That person would over-see the maintenance of all fire trucks.