Posted: May 23, 2014 3:52 PM by Russell Jones
Source: WBRZ / WWL
HOLDEN - Livingston Parish-based Ferrara Fire Apparatus signed a deal with the New Orleans Fire Department recently to help get their fleet of trucks back in fighting shape.
The NOFD has been trying to keep up with repairs since South Carolina-based America Lafrance shut its doors in January. The company had been in business since 1873, and built 90 percent of the trucks used to fight fires in New Orleans.
"Our ability to get parts has become very, very difficult," said NOFD Fire Chief Tim McConnell. "They literally, no warning, closed their doors."
FIrefighter's union president Nick Felton told WWL-TV that most of the city's fleet still needs to be serviced or replaced.
"The repair of the already broken and dilapidated fleet that we have is absolutely past critical mass," he said. "We're playing with a loaded gun and I'm really, really worried about our safety."
McConnell said since they signed their deal with Ferrara this week, the company is already getting to work on the backlog of repairs and maintenance.
There were no immediate details about the contract's length or how much it will cost the city of New Orleans.