A fire truck failure while returning from a call has shone a spotlight on the need for Warrenton, MO, Fire Protection District’s to replace some apparatus, according to a report broadcast by KMOV4 television station.
Serious financial constraints has made it difficult for the district to even consider replacing the department’s trio of aging trucks, the TV station reported.
Recently, a radiator hose clamp failed while a three-person crew was returning to the station after assisting on a medical call, KMOV4 reported. The truck had to be towed.
The department has two rescue trucks and one pumper and all are in need of frequent repairs, it was reported. Finances are so challenging, one fire station has been sold and another is on the market.
Voters have rejected tax increases to support the fire department five times in the past and a sixth attempt will be considered in April, the station reported. It’s hoped that an increase of $30 to $70 per year, per home owner, will raise $430,000 for the fire protection district.