DETROIT (WXYZ) - It was a big gift - 10 ambulances to bolster Detroit’s aging fleet.
Less than two weeks in service, and we are learning there are problems with the new rigs. Sunday afternoon, as many as seven of the ten ambulances were out of service.
“When you have multiple wires coming from the emergency lights, to the radio, the computers and being transferred to the back, that’s going to create a problem with the initial manufacturing wiring.” said Detroit Fire Department Lt. Mike Wilson.
7 Action News has learned the problems are being addressed. Some are considered very minor, others more serious.
In a statement to 7 Action News, Fire Commissioner Don Austin says:
These are relatively minor issues and the manufactures are working collaboratively with the City to resolve them. We will not drive a vehicle when the check engine light illuminates. We’d rather error on the side of safety than cause avoidable damage to the apparatus.
A representative from the Penske Corporation say they have contacted the manufacturer regarding the problems. A technician is being sent to Detroit tonight to resolve the issues and get the ambulances back into service as soon as possible.
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