Troy firefighters union calling for second set of turnout gear, but not all are on board

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The Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association is calling for a second set of turnout gear that firefighters wear to calls. 

The union president claims two sets are necessary because call have increased significantly over the past five years. This was highlighted last week when the department responded to two major fires in Lansingburgh and off Pawling Ave. 

Council President Carmella Mantello called a special finance meeting to discuss the possibility of purchasing a second set of gear for the entire department, which would cost somewhere around $350,000. 

The city government is divided on if that money should be spent on turnout gear, or other problems the department is facing. Chief Eric McMahon and Mayor Patrick Madden say the money could be better spent elsewhere, adding at least one of the fire stations in the city is in disrepair. 

Everyone agreed the department is in need of funding to fix the numerous issues the department is facing. 

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