Atlanta fire department shows off hot new equipment

Atlantans' $10 million investment in fire safety was put on display Tuesday. At a ceremony in the Turner Field parking lot, the city and Mayor Kasim Reed showcased some of the equipment that's been purchased in the last year for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

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Atlantans' $10 million investment in fire safety was put on display Tuesday. At a ceremony in the Turner Field parking lot, the city and Mayor Kasim Reed showcased some of the equipment that's been purchased in the last year for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Credit: John Spink

Credit: John Spink

Atlantans’ $10 million investment in fire safety was put on display Tuesday.

At a ceremony in the Turner Field parking lot, the city and Mayor Kasim Reed showcased some of the equipment that’s been purchased in the last year for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Michael Simmons, deputy chief for technical services, told the crowd that a quality fire department needs the proper equipment, safe facilities and a well-trained work force.

“Mayor Reed has made public safety one of his top priorities,” Simmons said. “And the result is being felt in the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.”

Reed said the city has invested $10 million in equipment, including the purchase of nine engines and the replacement of some 13-year-old pieces of equipment.

The department has added 75 new positions in the department and is “very close” to the goal of four firefighters on every truck, the mayor said.

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