Indianapolis Councilor Warns Relocated Fire Truck Risks Public Safety

An Indianapolis city-county councilor said that a removal of a north side ladder truck is having an impact on public safety.

The city of Indianapolis removed the truck from Station 21 on East 71st Street and relocated it to Station 36 in Lawrence.

Nearby fire stations now send their ladder trucks if and when they are available.

Councilor Christine Scales (R, District 4) said ladder truck travel times to emergencies have been slower since July 1.

Standards from the National Fire Protection Association recommend a travel time of eight minutes or less for the initial ladder truck 90 percent of the time.

Scales pointed to ladder truck travel times on the north side exceeding eight minutes as proof the removal of the ladder truck is having a negative effect.

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