The Erie Bureau of Fire is close to having its full complement of front-line firetrucks back on the street.
Erie Engine 6, which was damaged in a Thanksgiving Day crash involving an off-duty city police officer, was put back in service on Friday after undergoing about $23,000 worth of repairs at Gorman Enterprises near Buffalo, Fire Chief Tony Pol said Tuesday.
The truck, a 2000 KME, received significant rear damage and was knocked out of service when a 2006 Mercury Milan, driven by Gabriel A. Carducci, 28, ran into the back of it while the fire truck was backing into the Engine 6 station at 1740 W. 26th St. on the morning of Nov. 27.
Carducci, an Erie police officer who was off duty at the time of the crash, was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle in the accident. He waived his preliminary hearing in January and has applied for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a program that grants probation to first-time, nonviolent offenders.
Carducci’s ARD application awaits review by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, which will either approve or reject it. Carducci is on unpaid leave from the police department pending further disposition in the case.
City officials said their insurance company will file a claim against Carducci’s insurance company to recover the cost of repairing the fire truck.
Another front-line city fire truck, Tower 2, has been out of service since October, when it and Erie Engine 8 were damaged by heat from an Oct. 12 fire on Lighthouse Street that destroyed three houses and damaged others. A resident of one of the houses, Hally Servidio, 61, died in the fire.
The damage to Tower 2, a 1999 KME, included melted marker lights, burned hoses and seals, and scorched paint, officials said. It is currently at Gorman Enterprises and is being painted after undergoing other repairs. Pol said fire officials hope to have the rig back in service by the end of the month.
Damage to Engine 8 from the fire included some melted paint and marker lights. The 2013 KME has remained in service but will be taken to Gorman Enterprises for repairs once Tower 2 returns, Pol said.
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