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Fire Chief: District running out of Band-Aids

January 27, 2014

WARWICK — Central Coventry Fire Chief Andrew Baynes called the current functionality of the fire district “marginal” when he testified during the fire district’s latest hearing regarding possible liquidation Friday afternoon.

“Things are no different than they were 15 months ago other than us continuing to pour money into the newer rescues,” he said. “The 2002 rescue is the one that’s running so there newer ones we have — the 2007 and 2009 — are being fixed, so the newer ones aren’t that reliable either but at least we know what we have.”

Baynes said the normal time frame for the life of the truck is 10 years if it’s the front line then five years if it’s a reserve.

Baynes had to break it to the judge that there is no contingency plan for the equipment because other areas departments are having similar issues - lack of equipment.

“Other departments don’t necessarily have equipment for us to borrow and because it’s usually a mutual thing, we haven nothing they want to use,” Baynes said.

As the fire chief testified before a full courtroom, it was clear in his message that the fire district is running on fumes and he’s not sure what to do at this point.

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