Warren unveils new fire trucks, reduces layoff number

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Warren Fire Department has two new pieces of equipment to keep the city safe.

Two new fire trucks were unveiled Wednesday morning at the main fire station.

Chief Ken Nussle said one of the trucks is equipped to respond in any situation. The $470,000 truck was purchased with a city bond.

“It can respond to any type of incident and limited personnel,” said Chief Ken Nussle. “This can respond with three firefighters if you need additional firefighters, you can always call for another truck.”

The other truck, which is a year old, cost the city $17,000 and was partly paid for by a grant. It will be housed at Station 5 on Atlantic Street.

City officials also announced Wednesday they have reduced the number of firefighters they will have to lay off when the SAFER grant runs out May 26. The number was reduced from eight to five.

The city was notified in April that it would not get another SAFER Grant from FEMA. Originally, 21 firefighters worked under the grant, but most left and took employment elsewhere.

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