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Stockton to Replace Some Aging Firetrucks

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 11, 2013

A one million dollar federal grant will help the City of Stockton replace some aging fire engines. The need is great, and safety has been a growing concern.

Half of Stockton's fleet of 16 fire engines is more than 20 years old.

Breakdowns are so common that mechanics ride along on emergency calls.

Now a one million dollar FEMA Assistance Grant to Firefighters will pay for two new engines.

Stockton Fire Chief Jeff Piechura says delays can mean the difference between life and death.

PIECHURRA: "When someone is not breathing, biological and brain death is occurring at 5-7 minutes depending upon the condition of the person, so time is of the essence in some cases."

In January, a bankruptcy judge gave Stockton approval to purchase 4 new engines because of the concern for reliability.

The city hopes to have the first new engines in service by mid-April.

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