HARRISBURG—Harrisburg firefighters are frustrated they still don't have a full fleet of engines and truck that work. One engine still needs to be inspected and a ladder truck is out of service because of missing parts needed to fix it.
It's been nearly a month and the Harrisburg Fire Union is done waiting patiently. Two of the department's nine fire engines are still out of commission, leaving it with only one back-up.
"While there are always some disgruntle members of the bureau, I think a majority of folks understand that there is equipment is being well maintained and returned in a timely manner," said the mayor's spokesperson Chuck Ardo.
Maintenance is done in-house now for all city vehicles to help save money. The union vice president says it's taking longer than using an outside vendor to fix the equipment.
"Right now we only have one reserve engine and if that is used and something else breaks down, we don't have anything to replace it with. We'll have to rely on mutual aide, which will take more time to respond. This is not just some petty play, this is life safety. The safety of the people who live and work in the city and our safety as well," said IAFF Local 428 Vice President Scott Young.
The mayor's officer expects all equipment to be up and running by the end of the week.