New Orleans Fire Truck goes out of service

Published: May. 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2013 at 10:47 PM CDT
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New Orleans, LA -- In just a matter of weeks uptown residents who live near the Arabella Fire Station will lose a special piece of firefighting equipment.

The New Orleans Fire Department has plans to take a ladder truck out of service and re-deploy firemen to other stations.

People who live on Arabella in Uptown New Orleans are accustomed to hearing the sounds of a fire truck.

Starting in June, there will be one less engine racing to a call at the Arabella Fire Station.

Ladder truck five is going out of service.

"I don't know. It's just not a good situation," says Brian Friedman an Uptown Resident.

"So we've heard two sides to the story. we've heard one it is a budget cut and in order to keep the fire truck up and running it would require 1.2 million dollars. Then we've heard it's actually not a budget issue, that it's more of a safety issue," says Uptown resident, Suzanne Dumez.

Captain Edwin Holmes with the New Orleans Fire Department tells Fox 8 the removal of ladder five is the result of a study by NOFD to better allocate its resources and reassign apparatus and firemen.

"The objective is to increase manpower and run with four on all units. Of course there will no longer be that extra apparatus. But, manpower through the city is actually being increased with redeployment," says Holmes. "We took a look at Children's Hospital and over a course of an eight year period and we had approximately 311 calls to the hospital, 299 were false alarms.

The removal of a ladder truck at the Arabella Station may increase response time by two minutes.

"No change in the pump or the apparatus that bringing the water or for any other type of emergency response be it medicals or anything of that nature for that," says Holmes.