Petersburg (VA) Fire Apparatus Fails Inspection

Two Petersburg fire trucks recently failed inspection.

The city has seven fire trucks, but two are out of service. One of the impacted apparatus is a ladder truck.

In a statement, city spokesperson Jay Ell Alexander wrote, “The City of Petersburg maintains full capability to respond to any fire and these issues do not put the public at risk.”

The department is also in the process of trying to get three new fire trucks.

“Hopefully we can replace some of that equipment. We do have equipment that is old, but due to financial issues, we have not been able to replace the units,” said David Ray Coleman, a Petersburg City Council member.

The city will take a few days to fix the truck that is currently in the shop, and then after that, a maintenance crew will start working on the second engine that also failed inspection.

“Maintenance issues do arise, we can’t always catch them. Hopefully it won’t be out of service long,” says Edwards.

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