“Engine 5 is still running and on the front line,” said David Hines, spokesman for the Wilmington Fire Department. The fire engine will be replaced sometime in the first half of 2012.
“The current Engine 5 will then be moved to the back line or reserve truck,” Hines said. “It will need to be maintained and kept running for reserve status, but not running every day will make this easier to do.”
Engine 5 received national attention due to its inclusion in a story in The New York Times illustrating the hardships medium-sized cities faced in crafting budgets in times of economic hardships. The Engine was initially not going to be replaced next year, but in a divided vote, the City Council chose to purchase a new truck.
Date posted: October 20, 2011
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