The Silver Lake Fire Department will be replacing the 17-year-old tires on its other engine, SLFD Chief Dave Kordecki said today.
The age of the tires had caused the engine to be put out of service in May.
A set of tires for one engine and the tender (tanker) truck were already replaced earlier this month. At that time, the plan was to wait on any further tire replacement until 2015.
But Kordecki, who was just appointed chief last week, said he felt there was enough money in the department budget to buy the tires for the engine now.
The tires are expected to be installed early next week, Kordecki said.
On May 21, then acting Fire Chief Roger Pattie said he was taking all of the department’s the trucks out of service because of the age of the tires. He cited standards that would have called for the tires to have been replaced at least once by now. The old tires, regardless of mileage or outward condition, made the trucks unsafe to operate, Pattie said. The tires had not been changed since the equipment was purchased after a 1997 fire destroyed the firehouse and most of the equipment inside.