Corrosive Water Impacts Flint (MI) Fire Apparatus

Damage is showing in the Flint’s fire equipment due to the water issues facing the city.

One pump has already been replaced because of severe rust. An invoice shows $65,000 in needed repairs.

The fleet’s newest fire truck is also showing signs of premature damage and wear.

“We actually called the manufacturers of three of our fire trucks and they gave us some ideas of how to combat that a little bit, but what’s done is done and we’re hoping it doesn’t get to a point where we have to replace pumps,” Fire Chief David Cox Jr. told CNN affiliate WJRT.

Otherwise, things will really get expensive.

“That’s a brand new $462,000 pump that we’re talking about,” said Cox.

And one more thing to worry about.

The fire department is worried the water could be corroding the fire suppression systems around the city too, the affiliate reported. Sprinkler installation companies are being told to inspect systems installed in homes and businesses.

For more information, view wtkr.com

 

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