Union Claims Harrisburg Lacks Necessary Fire Equipment

A representative for the Harrisburg (PA) firefighters’ union said that four of the city’s eight apparatus are out of service.

With only half their fleet, firefighters have had to move trucks to the four stations in the city to keep them open. The union says that if one more truck breaks down, they will have to shut down one of the stations.

Fire Chief Robert Talloni does not share this opinion.

“We are great. There’s no problem,” Talloni said. “Right now we have five fire apparatus in service and by the end of today, tomorrow, we will have squad eight back in service, it is having brakes put on it. That will bring us up to six.”

Due to the cities money issues, the department is using city mechanics. The union said they can’t always fix some of the problems.

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