New fire equipment worth more than $5.3 million is beginning to hit the streets of Lexington.
Over the last two budget years, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government authorized the purchases, but according to Mayor Jim Gray, it takes about a year to complete the orders.
The new equipment is destined for 10 of the city’s fire stations located in various parts of the city. Altogether the city currently has 23 fire stations.
Fire Chief Keith Jackson said the new equipment is “a great opportunity to enhance our depleted fleet, and to enhance our ability to serve and protect the citizens of our community.”
Perhaps most significant to citizens is the replacement of four of the city’s 10 ambulances. Three of the new ambulances are on duty now. Three of the replaced buggies had 240,000 to 269,000 miles on them.
In terms of firefighting equipment, the city has bought five engines and two ladder trucks. Three of the new engines have been delivered and are expected to be ready for duty later this month.
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