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WARWICK â€” Central Coventry Fire Chief Andrew Baynes called the current functionality of the fire district â€śmarginalâ€ť when he testified during the fire districtâ€™s latest hearing regarding possible liquidation Friday afternoon.
â€śThings are no different than they were 15 months ago other than us continuing to pour money into the newer rescues,â€ť he said. â€śThe 2002 rescue is the one thatâ€™s running so there newer ones we have â€” the 2007 and 2009 â€” are being fixed, so the newer ones arenâ€™t that reliable either but at least we know what we have.â€ť
Baynes said the normal time frame for the life of the truck is 10 years if itâ€™s the front line then five years if itâ€™s a reserve.
Baynes had to break it to the judge that there is no contingency plan for the equipment because other areas departments are having similar issues - lack of equipment.
â€śOther departments donâ€™t necessarily have equipment for us to borrow and because itâ€™s usually a mutual thing, we haven nothing they want to use,â€ť Baynes said.
As the fire chief testified before a full courtroom, it was clear in his message that the fire district is running on fumes and heâ€™s not sure what to do at this point.
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