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Faulty equipment has firefighter fearing for community's safety

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ALBEE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A local firefighter said lives in Saginaw County's Albee Township, and those of his fellow firefighters, are in danger, all because of a broken-down piece of equipment.

Aaron Kisser said his department needs to replace its pumper truck. And now he's hoping changes are made before it's too late. 

"We can't depend on this truck," Kisser said.

The township has tried to pass a measure for a new truck. But for three straight times residents have voted down the money needed to pay for the vehicle. That leaves Kisser and the other volunteer firefighters with a piece of equipment that they insist is substandard and dangerous.

"It was very demoralizing. It felt like we weren't doing enough. We've replaced the motor. We've went through the whole truck and I think it's been broken down three times in the last two months. We actually had the wiring of the truck catch on fire while we had a simulated attack team going into a house. If it would've been a real situation the firefighters would've been stuck inside with no water."

WNEM made a series of calls to Albee Township officials wanting to find out what, if anything, they were planning to do to address this potential public safety challenge. The secretary told WNEM no one would comment until Tuesday night when the township board meets to discuss the situation at 8.

But that's not stopping Kisser from voicing his concerns. He reached out to WNEM for help fearing lives could be at risk.

"If someone were to be stuck inside and we show up and the truck quits we're not going to be able to go in and save that person. We'll have to call someone else for assistance," Kisser said.

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