Peach County (GA) Fire Chief Says He Needs New Apparatus

Peach County (GA) Fire Department Fire Chief Jeff Doles

The fire chief in Peach County (GA) says his department needs new fire engines as the ones now in service are old and dangerous, according to a report broadcast by WGXA News.

The report said Fire Chief Jeff Doles complained to the county commission that most of the Peach County Fire Department’s apparatus fleet is old and worn out with the newest engine being a 2009 with 87,000 miles on it. Another is a 2005 with 189,900, according to the report which also indicates that some of the apparatus in the fleet are more than 30 years old.

County commissioners said they were surprised by the chief’s request and state of the fire department and some laid blame for the deteriorated condition at the feet of the chief, saying he is responsible for maintaining equipment, budgeting and for keeping the commissioners informed, the television station reported.

The county has one new apparatus in the budget for next year, according to the report, but didn’t take any direct actions on the fire chief’s report and requests. The chief said during the meeting he just wanted his concerns to be part of the public record, according to WGXA.

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