The City of Tonawanda Fire Chief says he will issue a policy to specify why city fire trucks or other equipment cannot be used at private events and how crews should handle such requests.
A caller to our 2 On Your Side Tipline inquired about the appearance of a city pumper truck on Saturday at an event on Clinton Street. He also wanted to know why the street was blocked off while the truck was used to demonstrate pumping from a nearby hydrant.
Chief Charles Stuart says the City Council did approve a one block shutdown of Clinton Street for a graduation party for a young person who is joining the military. But there was some confusion about a request for the truck from a member of the city's volunteer department who was connected with the party. Stuart says department policy forbids the use of a fire truck or other equipment at a private party because it is paid for by the city taxpayers. Stuart says he will make sure the policy is clear so there are no further mistakes.
Stuart says they do at times allow sprinklers to be set up to help cool off children on some streets in very hot weather. Fire trucks can also be used in demonstrations at events which are specifically sanctioned by City Council and the Mayor.