The Silver Lake Fire Department has its second engine back in service, SLFD Chief Dave Kordecki announced late Tuesday.
New tires were installed on the engine Tuesday.
That means the department now has new tires on both engines and the department’s tender (tanker) truck.
The engine restored to service Tuesday is the department’s second due engine and is also the department’s mutual aid engine, 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.
A set of tires for the other engine and the tender truck were already replaced in early June. At that time, the plan was to wait on any further tire replacement until 2015.
But Kordecki, who was just appointed chief June 16, said he felt there was enough money in the department budget to buy the tires for the second engine now.