An aging fleet of vehicles is the primary concern for members of the Jamestown Fire Department.
During Monday's City Council work session and meeting regarding the budget for the Office of Public Safety, Chet Harvey, Jamestown fire chief, addressed City Council members and brought up the issue of maintaining a fleet of trucks with many that are past their prime.
"The average age of the vehicle fleet is 15.4 years for the fire department," Harvey said. "The last new equipment that we purchased was in 2008, and that was our ladder truck. Our ambulance is a 1993 and Rescue 3 is a 1980."
A sheet that was handed out during the meeting showed 11 vehicles owned by the fire department that are more than a decade old.
According to that same sheet, the annual depreciation of the Jamestown Fire Department's vehicles tops out at nearly $400,000.
Harvey also said, however, that the fire department had been aggressively applying for grants to help pay to maintain the vehicles.