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Can fire engine No. 5 be rebuilt, repaired or replaced? What is the current status?

Julian March
Engine Number 5

Sheldon Goodwin of the Wilmington Fire Department checks under Engine 5 for oil leaks. (Photo by Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times)

“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.

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6 Responses to “ Can fire engine No. 5 be rebuilt, repaired or replaced? What is the current status?”

  1. On October 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm J. T. wrote:

    Better city planning that provides for more connectivity will help the fire departments of the city and county serve the residents better and give more tax ratable land per fire house since you will need less firehouses per sq. mile of development.

  2. On October 21, 2011 at 10:39 am Buster wrote:

    Rebuilding enigines and transmissions, and a more intensive maitanence schedule, is a better answer in these times of struggleing budgets.

    Waiting to purchase high end items would be a smarter move.

  3. On October 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm Stanley wrote:

    Putting off or eliminating all together some or all of the curbing projects that we have scene under our current mayor and eliminating many of the parks projects. These just are not necessary in times like these.

  4. On October 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm Ed wrote:

    I am not sure the City Council has realized that times are hard and that they need to repair and maintain equipment instead of treating million dollar items as disposable. They need to repair roads instead of spending on things like this and expanding parks, etc. If they keep raising property taxes, the real estate market will take longer to rebound, if ever. What are they thinking?

  5. On October 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm Engine 5 wrote:

    no they can not rebuild the engine. it is way to old and the truck is just not up to date and could very easily get someone hurt.And to ED that wrote the comment below, how would you feel if your house was on fire and engine 5 pulled up and next thing you know it cuts off while the house is burning down in front of you???? yes they need a new truck so stuff like that wont happen because engine 5 is not able to protect and serve the citizens of Wilmington anymore.

  6. On October 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm Jay wrote:

    All of you making comments to rebuild, repair, or maintain the current vehicles will be singing a different tune when that old vehicle breaks down while coming to put a fire out at your house! There are something you spend money on, Police and Fire are definitely two of them!

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