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Even with the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey quickly receding in most of Houston, the city’s fire department continues to deal with equipment problems.
This week, for instance, instead of fighting a fire, the Houston Fire Department (HFD) fought a broken down truck before the vehicle caught fire itself.
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The 2005 fire truck, designated Engine 77, stopped working as firefighters were battling a blaze at a warehouse in Northwest Houston.
“In this instance the fire truck that is used to mitigate emergency was now the emergency,” Patrick Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, said in an interview with a local TV station.
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No one was injured due to the fire truck’s breakdown, but, according to Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Ruy Lozano, the pumper truck was near the end of its useful life.
During an interview, Lozano further explained how a breakdown of such vital equipment at the wrong time, however, could...
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