PRICHARD, ALA. (WALA)- Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner and the city council continue to go head-to-head on whether or not to buy two new fire trucks for their struggling fire department. The council canceled the deal Sunday saying the city won't be able to afford the million dollars it's going to cost to buy the trucks. 

Mayor Gardner wants them to reconsider and so do residents. 

Gardner said, "I will fight for our citizens to have a better quality of life. Period. We can no longer put Band-Aids on equipment, put our employees life at danger."

The fire department currently operates with a mini pumper truck and police cars. The mayor and council agree that more fire trucks are needed, they just disagree on the best way to pay for them. The council saying it costs too much.

Prichard residents want the city to buy the trucks because they say their welfare should be top priority. 

One resident said, "Do it because people's safety comes first."

"With more vehicles they may be able to put more fires out so that's the bottom line," said another resident. 

Another resident added, "I got a stepson and a wife and I think we need them for our safety."

If the deal is made, the first payment of $10,000 would be in March. 

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