Fort Worth firefighters want smaller trucks



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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 11:15 PM

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Fire Department is looking for the funds it needs to purchase a series of Ford F-550 "attack" rigs.

The city currently has one such truck stationed out of Fire Station No. 29.

On Tuesday, officials will request an additional $200,000 in funding to buy a second unit. In May, they are expected to request money for a third.

The smaller, more versatile units would let crews respond more quickly — especially in cases where a full engine truck isn't needed.

"For chest or breathing problems type calls etc., this can be highly efficient," said Capt. Homer Robertson.

In the past six months, since the F-550 arrived at Station No. 29, he said it has responded to more than 1,100 calls, while the major engine truck only had to be used around 250 times.

Not only does that save money on costly fuel, Robertson also said it can extend the life of the engine truck "by additional two to three years."

The larger units can cost up to $600,000.