The Petersburg Fire Department has taken delivery of the first of what will finally be three badly needed new fire trucks and an ambulance. The cost of the equipment will be just over $1.4 million.
Brian Sturdivant, deputy chief of operations, said increasing equipment reliability “...decreases the anxiety and the apprehension of our members relative to their safety equipment and the mental wellbeing of firefighting and the strenuous emotional toll that takes place.”
Division Chief Richard Lemocks said each truck is specifically designed for Petersburg’s needs and it’s older fire houses. “This is a tremendous step forward because the apparatus these new ones are replacing are over thirty years old, some are over forty years old.”
Chief Lemocks added that getting these trucks has been a team effort. “From the Robert Bobb Group, that came in, city council, city administration, the city finance department and city purchasing department have all worked very hard together, it’s not just the fire department.”