Augusta, GA( WJBF) – Augusta’s firefighters union (Augusta Professional Firefighters Association) is speaking out on the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department’s purchase of some problem-plagued fire rigs.
In a letter to Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. and Augusta Commissioners the union says Chief Chris James went around the recommending committee process to purchase the 8 rigs from the KME company.
As we first reported in June, almost every one of the new trucks that cost a total of $4.8 million experienced some problems, including air conditioner leaks, suspension issues, and radio problems.
The truck problems were so bad that the city cancelled buying 7 more trucks.
The union’s letter, which can be read here, that was sent to city officials on Friday comes exactly 1 week after it was announced that James was leaving the fire department to take a new job as assistant manager for York County, in South Carolina.