NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The head of the Nashville Firefighters Union says parts of the city are vulnerable Monday night because certain fire stations have equipment that’s out of service.
News 2 has seen this issue in Nashville before but what’s different, he says, is that the city actually has the equipment to fix the problem.
Mark Young said he’s getting phone calls and texts every day from firefighters who are frustrated that the city’s 13 new fire engines are still not in service.
The engines were christened back on Oct. 30, but Brian Haas, public information officer for the Nashville Fire Department, says the department is waiting until the city’s nearly 900 firefighters are trained before the engines are rolled out.
Young wants to see firefighters at those stations trained first to get the engines on the roads. After the engines are in service, he says the rest of the force can be trained on the new engines.
“I think we need to see some type of ‘hurry up’ to get this equipment on the street,” said Young.
However, Haas says there is a reason why they’re waiting until the entire department is trained before they roll out the new equipment.
The fire department released the following statement to News 2:
The Nashville Fire Department is as eager as anyone to get our 13 new fire engines on the road. However, it would be an irresponsible risk to firefighters, citizens and taxpayers’ dollars if we were to do so before our personnel is fully trained and the engines fully equipped. We hope to have the training completed in the next two weeks and the engines fully up to spec soon thereafter. This is not a task that can be rushed and we are confident that the residents we serve see the wisdom of ensuring that all training and equipping is completed before these engines are put fully into service.