Fire truck fuel flap angers many of Newark's bravest

(12/21/04) NEWARK Firefighters in Newark are blaming city officials for a lack of preparedness after a citywide fire truck fuel shortage.

A spokesperson for the firefighters union says city officials have not given any explanation about the municipalitys gas depletion. Instead of gassing up at a public works yard, some of Newarks bravest say theyve had to take their trucks to a nearby commercial gas station for diesel.

Fire officials say using a commercial facility for refueling could pose a safety risk. According to one firefighter, the gas station may not be functional during a blackout or terror attack. That situation could render the fire trucks immobile.

Some area firefighters say the gas shortage is indicative of larger organizational problems within the citys leadership. Mayor Sharpe James would not answer any of News 12 New Jerseys requests for an explanation.

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