The Albany Fire Department is asking for more than $1 million to upgrade its fleet of vehicles.
The department is asking for about $400,000 for eight new support vehicles and an additional $600,000 for a new rescue squad. They’re only looking to replace one fire truck.
Albany Fire Chief Joseph Gregory said most of the vehicles have more than 100,000 miles on them. For the city’s third largest department, they’ve seen a 31 percent increase in repair costs last year, which is an additional $50,000 thrown into maintaining the current vehicles.
Union President Robert Mengel is focusing on the safety of the first responders.
“[The department’s] reliability and safety is compromised on the best of days – let alone during extreme conditions such as those encountered this week,” Mengel said.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan’s office wasn’t available for comment.