Augusta (GA) Fire Apparatus Catches Fire and Forces Replacement

An Augusta (GA) aerial ladder truck is in the shop after it caught fire last month responding to a call. A stuck fuel injector caused diesel to leak onto hot engine parts and igniting the fire.

There are only four of the big trucks to cover the city.

With this truck in the shop, Fire Chief Chris James spent $774,000 on a new truck to ensure the city was covered. James says two aerial trucks were in the pipeline to be ordered so the department is just getting one early.

No firefighters were injured putting it out.

The replacement truck is already in town, with Augusta Commissioners scheduled to discuss the emergency purchase on Monday.

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