- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Fire Department has received five new engines to bolster its aging fleet.

The rigs were shown off Friday as the department works to rebuild and replace its fleet after a long decline. They bring the number of new firefighting vehicles to 10 - bought with $5.5 million from a $120 million loan taken out during the city’s bankruptcy.

The new trucks are the city’s first with air bags and are emblazoned with the Olde English D. They were specifically built for the department, whose smaller, older stations can’t accommodate most modern engines.

More equipment will be ordered later this year and next year.

Sgt. Ronald Ward of Engine 1 calls them a “dramatic upgrade.”


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