Repairs, aging fleet leave Gary firefighters short of equipment, in need of outside aid



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GARY, Indiana — Gary firefighters who've seen half their fleet go in for repairs recently are hoping the situation improves in the next 60 days.

Firefighters had to call in outside help for a June 16 blaze because the department didn't have enough trucks to send and the fire was threatening other buildings.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1iN7hQu ) the National Fire Protection Association recommends that a city Gary's size have six engines. Gary has 11, but six have recently been offline for repairs. The department has been forced to rent an engine.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Fire Chief Teresa Everett say they're aware of the department's shortages.

Everett says the department hopes to have all its equipment repaired in 30 to 60 days.


Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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