Warwick firefighters using borrowed trucks with some of theirs out of service

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — It was an unusual sight Monday outside the Warwick Fire Department: a North Providence fire truck.

Warwick firefighters took to Facebook Monday to thank several neighboring cities and towns for letting them use some of their trucks while five of theirs are out of service, adding that many front-line vehicles in their fleet are in “dire need of replacement.”

“I drove by a few of our stations and I saw some apparatus displayed out front from different communities,” Mayor Joseph Solomon said Monday.

Solomon said the sight piqued his curiosity, so he got a list of trucks that are out for repair.

“A lot of it were mechanical issues, anywhere from a steering box, steering column, electrical issues, and it was just progressing and deteriorating,” he explained.

The city is working to get the trucks repaired and back on the road, according to Solomon.

Lt. Michael Carreiro, the president of the firefighters’ union, said some of their trucks have been out for multiple weeks, with one even breaking down on the way to a medical call.

“It should be a concern,” he said. “I live in the city of Warwick. I’m concerned that going to my house and I have to rely on a truck that could possibly break down, and I have to wait an added four minutes to come help my family. It should absolutely be a concern.”

“If a vehicle, whether it be a police, a DPW or a fire vehicle, breaks down – these acts of God you can’t control – but I can assure you that if something does occur that another apparatus will pick up where that has occurred,” Solomon added.

See Warwick firefighters’ full Facebook post below:

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