BTV Voters Will Decide on New Fire Trucks

By Sara McCloskey |

Published 10/27 2016 06:30PM

Updated 10/27 2016 06:30PM

The Burlington Fire Department is trying to replace its fire trucks and it'll be up to voters on November 8th.

If voters check "Yes" on ballot items 1 and 2 they'll be approving capital bonds for 5 projects. One of them will be funding 5 new trucks for the department.

Some of the trucks are 10 years old.

Fire Chief Steven Locke says their fleet is in bad shape and needs support.

"So while our crews take great care of them, the narrow streets, the bumps," Chief Locke said. "They're just wearing out. So we see a vehicle out of service almost everyday for maintenance reasons."

Chief Locke says the bone vote would ending up giving $4 million to the department for new trucks over the course of 5 years. If the money isn't approved, Locke says the department will continue to have trucks out of service for maintenance issues.

The entire bond, if approved, would give $50 million for infrastructure improvements across the Queen City.

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