The Ann Arbor Fire Department (MI) is adding a light rescue truck to its fleet after the city voted to approve the $264,597 purchase.
The new truck, which will respond to medical calls, will be staffed with two firefighters and will replace a heavy rescue engine staffed with three firefighters.
The city hopes by sending a smaller truck to medical calls — instead of a large engine with three firefighters — it can reduce costs.
The heavy rescue engine, built in 2001, was scheduled for replacement in 2014-15. It will go into reserve, while a 1991 reserve engine will be removed from the fleet and sold at auction.
Although the truck will have limited use in a structure fire response, it should be able to be the first responder in about 70 percent of the department’s calls.
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