Flint Fire Department welcomes $2 million fleet of new trucks

FLINT (WJRT) (9/29/2019) - Flint firefighters respond to about 1,200 fires every year.

That includes everything from structure fires to rescues to kitchen fires and some shooting scenes. Per capita, it is one of the busiest fire departments in the country.

But for years, when the alarm sounded, firefighters weren't only fighting flames -- they were also battling their own equipment.

Finally, relief is on the way in the form of four new fire trucks made in Michigan. The $2 million worth of new equipment includes a 104-foot platform aerial truck, two engines and a rescue truck.

All four trucks were built at HME in Wyoming, Mich., near Grand Rapids. Fire officials say the trucks will benefit residents with better responses and firefighters by boosting morale in the department.