Cleveland safety forces are getting ready with sensational pictures and hard questions for a City Council committee addressing the condition of police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.
In fact, one picture obtained by FOX 8 appears to show part of a police vehicle’s exhaust system held together by handcuffs.
Earlier this year, the FOX 8 I TEAM broke the story of the poor condition of the ambulance fleet. The condition of the ambulance trucks had gotten so bad, the city had paramedics, at times, go to calls in SUVs.
And the firefighter’s union has complained about the age and condition of many of the city’s fire trucks.
The council Public Safety Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday morning. The committee has called in city leaders to answer questions.
The city has bought some new police cars, fire trucks, and ordered a couple of new ambulances.
However, police officers have complained that some of their cruisers are consistently in poor condition and not properly maintained.
Heating and cooling issues as well as exhaust problems are some of the major complaints. Officers have also complained of rust holes in floors of cars.
And officers say sometimes, they have to wait for a police car before going out on the street because so many are in bad shape.