PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Petersburg Fire officials say one of their ladder trucks which aids them in extinguishing multi-level fires is back in operation.
The truck was temporarily removed from operation because of a defected tire. Officials say the second ladder truck remains in a mechanic shop in Richmond.
A firefighters union in Petersburg is calling on the city to finalize repairs to the department’s ladder trucks, which they say are sorely needed to keep the city’s residents safe.
The firefighters union on Tuesday reached out to 8News on social media, stating that both of the city’s ladder trucks are out of service.
The union rep said the city’s reckless decisions are putting residents in danger. They explained that without a ladder truck, it becomes extremely difficult to enter elevated floors and rescue people inside.
Petersburg Fire officials are also relying on neighboring localities to provide ladder trucks if the situation calls for one. They are assisted as a result of a mutual aid agreement with other localities including Colonial Heights, Prince George, Dinwiddie and other areas.
The fire chief says they have not had any problems responding to fires.
On October 6, 2016, 8News was informed that the second fire truck is fixed but is hold by a Richmond auto shop for lack of payment. 8News reached out Petersburg Fire Administration for more information but have not heard back.