New Truck on Hold for Athens OH

A new fire truck for Athens (OH) has been hauled away for repairs after firefighters noticed a fault code on the engine diagnosis. The engine was burning soot out of its system — a routine procedure — when the fault code appeared.

According to Athens Fire Department Chief Bob Troxel, the fire truck’s diesel engine was likely creating more than accepted emission levels. With new environmental policies and procedures, he said diesel engines will likely continue to encounter these types of fault codes.

Troxel was not happy when he learned the engine needed to go on the shelf. It has only been in service since January. But he hopes the truck will return before this weekend’s Halloween block party.

Athens sold its old ladder truck after the new one was purchased by the city. Ohio University also contributed funds toward the purchase of the new truck.

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