Prichard Fire to receive equipment donations from Mobile, sources say there's a desperate need

A Prichard Fire Department truck allegedly in need of repairs. (WALA)

The city of Mobile is set to donate used fire equipment to the Prichard Fire Department on Wednesday, July 11.

This comes as sources close to the Prichard Fire Department have been reaching out to the FOX10 News Investigative Team about an alleged desperate need for new equipment.

Sources have sent several emails making a slew of claims about alleged concerns at Prichard Fire, from severe under-staffing to broken equipment.

Sources said an air pack meter is broken and does not let firefighters know how much air they have left, and one fire truck has a broken speedometer and an oil leak.

Other sources told FOX10 News the department only has two working fire trucks at the moment.

One source wrote in an email to FOX10 News, "this is placing the life of the firemen in grave danger."

Fortunately, there is some relief on the way for these alleged issues.

Mobile Fire-Rescue will be donating a fire truck, two expedition vehicles, a utility pickup, tools, and air packs to Prichard, according to Steven Millhouse with Mobile Fire Rescue.

"Whether it's Prichard, Montgomery, Birmingham, or another city, we fully understand what it is that they go through, and any equipment that is necessary to adequately do the job, so we're just happy to be able to help," said Millhouse.

FOX10 News tried reaching out to Prichard's fire chief for a comment about the donation, and the alleged need, but he did not return calls or an email.

FOX10 News also tried reaching out to Prichard's mayor, even showing up to his office in person, but he declined to comment.

Back in Mobile, Millhouse said Mobile is getting new equipment, so that's why the department was able to make the donation.

"They (the city of Prichard) are excited to receive the equipment as the fire department is in need of equipment, so with us getting some new items ourselves, we have an overflux of stock, so we are happy to donate that over the city of Prichard," said Millhouse.

Mobile Fire-Rescue is set to hold the donation ceremony with Prichard on Wednesday morning at nine at its training center on Owens Street.

Meanwhile, FOX10 News will continue to work to get answers from Prichard officials about equipment and employment concerns.

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