Atlanta Fire Chief on Equipment Issues

The Atlanta fire chief responds after reports that critical equipment in the maintenance shop is out of order.

The Atlanta Fire chief said Critical fire extinguishers fail too often.

Rod Smith stated that most of the fire equipment was purchased around the same time. And the same engines and trucks don’t have mechanical problems at the same time.

Firefighters and the deputy chairman of the Atlanta City Council The Public Safety Panel has raised concerns about the willingness of the fire service to respond to emergencies.

FOX 5 detailed how nearly a quarter of the carts in the government maintenance workshop were idling.

These are the trucks that firefighters rely on to bring victims from the upper floors of apartments.

Chief Smith said battalion commanders deploy an umbrella cover for any significant event by sending multiple pieces of equipment to an incident to compensate for a nearby truck that may have failed.

To solve the repair problems, the fire equipment requires mechanical skills that a city garage technician may not have.

Smith said he would recommend renting a town hall and bringing a fire equipment specialist to do the repairs.

He also said they are planning new purchases as part of a replacement program.

Councilor Dustin Hillis does not blame the fire department administrators. However, Hillis insists that both purchases and repairs need to be expedited.

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