LFR replaces aged fire trucks

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews are thankful for two brand new front engine trucks. LFR truck seven and truck eight are from 1996 and their upgraded replacements couldn't have come at a better time. The original truck seven broke down on Thursday in route to a call.

It was on it's way to a report of smoke at a home in North West Lincoln when their own vehicle began to smoke.

Truck seven never made it to the home and went straight to maintenance. But with the new upgraded trucks LFR hopes breaking down on a call will no longer be a problem.

"Pretty ironic that we introduced the new truck seven today, and then we have current truck seven break down this afternoon," said Logistics Chief Kendall Warnock.

LFR says luckily Thursday's smoke report did not turn out to be a fire, and there was plenty of other crew at the scene already.

"We narrowed it down to a problem with the heating system, HVAC system. We had everybody at that point already out and safe," said Battalion Chief Benes.

Even though truck seven's maintenance wasn't an issue for Thursday's response, the wear and tear of the vehicle, LFR said, shows how valuable these new fire trucks will be.

"And we're certainly thankful for the support, of course, that City Hall has provided us. Obviously with the two apparatus coming today, the two trucks coming today, and then the three engines that are coming in September," said Warnock.

Along with less mechanical issues, logistics chief Warnock said earlier Thursday that the new trucks will have other features to make their job more efficient.

"Well the one's that are being aged out are 75 foot aerials, these are 105. So, they have a little bit more extension. Some of the houses that are set back in the city we'll be able to reach those a little better," said Warnock.

The new trucks will also have air bags, making it safer for the fire fighters as well.

The new trucks were not in commission today because they still have to be prepped for use. That will include installing radios, and training responders how to use the new equipment.

LFR said they should be out on the streets in 30 days.