Here’s the Shreveport Council’s Plan to Fix the Fire Department’s Vehicle Crisis
The Shreveport City Council began the process Friday of funding the purchase of a number of new vehicles for the city's fire department.
The ordinance, introduced by Councilmembers Grayson Boucher, Tabatha Taylor and James Green, will reallocate $3,275,000 from the city's operating reserves fund to the fire department for three new fire engines and other emergency vehicles.
The need for the move grew even more apparent last weekend, when the SFD suffered a rash of equipment breakdowns, including a truck fire. As a result, the city has had to borrow a truck from Bossier City's department and vehicles from Balentine Ambulance Service.
On Tuesday, Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton told KEEL, "Our fleet is in very poor shape," adding that despite the recent addition of three new engines, the city's fleet is deteriorating. "Only nine of our 21 front line engines are less that 15 years old. Only 12 are less than 25 years old," he said.
The measure is expected to be introduced at the Council's meeting August 12 and will come to a vote on August 24.
The ordinance, which is expected to pass easily, will pay for three new fire engines, a medic unit, two EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) suits, bunker gear and CPR devices.
In a Facebook post Friday, Councilman Boucher underlined how the new equipment is long overdue: