You may have seen Fox 2’s Charlie Leduff reporting that a local entrepeneur is attempting to donate a used fire truck to the Detroit Fire Department, only to be held up in unnecessary red tape. There are two problems with this truck.
The first is that it has an open cab, which is prohibited by federal law. Not only is it unsafe, it isn’t even legal to have on the road responding to emergencies.
The second problem is the truck’s height. This rig won’t fit in most Detroit firehouses due to its height; they’ll have to be customized.
If the department is willing to undergo thousands of dollars of customization for the truck, in addition to the station to which it will be assigned, it’ll be a helpful piece of equipment. If not, it’s another dinasaur that is of no use whatsoever.
Even so, it’s a kind gesture on the part of the would-be donor.