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Fire department debuts new trucks bought with Prop F money

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Voters approved Proposition F two years ago, giving the fire department $15 million in funding to buy new equipment and make building improvements.  (Credit: KMOV) Voters approved Proposition F two years ago, giving the fire department $15 million in funding to buy new equipment and make building improvements. (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The St. Louis Fire Department wants taxpayers to see where their money is going.

Voters approved Proposition F two years ago, giving the fire department $15 million in funding to buy new equipment and make building improvements.  

Wednesday, the department showcased new trucks and ambulances purchased with some of the money to media members, in an effort to be as transparent as possible with the public.

“Behind me is proof your fire department has been, and will continue to be good stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars,” Chief Dennis Jenkerson said while flanked by new fire engines. “We want to thank you, the citizens of St. Louis, for provided us with these tools to protect you.

Jenkerson says some of the trucks they were working with previously were 20-years-old. In ordering the new engines, the department worked on designing trucks in a different way.

"Priority one was: How do we reduce the injuries to the firefighters? A lot of our injuries were coming from working on the trucks, on top of the truck at fires.” Jenkerson said. “We changed the entire concept of a fire truck."

The new trucks all have hoses at ground level. That means crews do not have to climb on top of the trucks to lead or reload the line.

Other Prop F money went toward repairing the roofs at fire houses as well as   fire department headquarters.

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