STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – In Stamford, firefighters are complaining about aging equipment, and now officials have responded, with good news.
The Stamford Fire Department needs new equipment, no question about it, according to the city’s public safety director, Ted Jankowski.
He said a new engine built to the city’s specifications is on order, with more orders soon to be placed.
“Next month we should also be ordering two additional pieces of apparatus, another engine company, which is a pumper apparatus, and we are looking into ordering an additional rescue piece of apparatus too,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.
Jankowski said the city did have to borrow some equipment from a neighboring community, but he said now that more mechanics are available to work on Stamford’s fire apparatus the shortage has diminished.
He also insisted that the welfare of city firefighters is not at risk.
“Any piece of apparatus that is out there right now has been inspected. It’s passed a DOT inspection process. It is roadworthy and it is operational,” he said.