In the wake of a medic unit bursting into flames, heavily damaging a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets, the City Council has voted to hold public hearings into the condition and safety of Philadelphia fire apparatus, reports CBS Philadelphia.
On the same day the resolution for hearings, co-sponsored by City Councilman James Kenney, was passed unanimously in Council, an official Fire Department Status report revealed 39 pieces of apparatus not available for service, including nine frontline pumpers, seven frontline ladders and 11 frontline medic units. The frontline units are replaced by reserve apparatus, most, the union says, more than 20 years old.
Local 22 officials, who requested maintenance records following the fire two weeks ago, say the city has still not provided those records, records, they claim, will give a clear picture of just how serious maintenance problems are.
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