Thursday, February 12, 2009

Eastie fire truck has equipment failure

An East Boston fire truck pulled over yesterday because its lug nuts were loose, a scary thought in the wake of the engine that crashed into a building in early January and killed one firefighter. The Boston Fire Department does have a squad of firefighter-mechanics, but the city wants to bring in civilian mechanics to oversee the health of fire trucks and equipment.

As has been the case for a couple of years, the city and the firefighters' union are at odds with one another and neither shows any willingness to compromise.


Anonymous said...

I can see how a non mechanic, firefighter, handling maintainance on heavy equipment, might not be equipped to properly care for the trucks, but loose lug nuts on a fire truck is more than I can handle. First of all, how does this even happen? Second, it smells of the union trying to build a list of maintainance problems to use in their fight with the administration over their contract.

N.starluna said...

I am a big supporter of unions, but I don't think it makes sense to have non-certified mechanics working on these trucks. Why was that ever allowed in the first place?