B’ham donating fire trucks to Fairfield; Homeowner wishes it happened sooner

B'ham donating fire trucks to Fairfield

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Imagine your house is on fire. You call 911, the fire department shows up, but there’s an issue with the trucks and they can’t put the fire out quickly.

That’s what happened to one family in Fairfield about a month ago.

But now, Birmingham is stepping up to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Birmingham City Council members have agreed to donate three surplus fire trucks to the city of Fairfield.

City of Birmingham will donate three surplus fire trucks to Fairfield.
City of Birmingham will donate three surplus fire trucks to Fairfield.

Donald Hudson spoke with us and said he’s happy to hear it, but he wishes this happened sooner.

“This could have been avoided," he said. “When I look at my house now, and what it is now, I cry. Because I see what I lost. It really hurts you real bad.”

Now, the inside is completely gutted in order to repair.

“It’s a feeling that I don’t want,” said Hudson. “To know that you’re in a predicament, you’re looking for help, the help comes, and then a malfunction. That really hurts.”

Donald Hudson
Donald Hudson

Fairfield Mayor Ed May told us the weekend after the fire that there was an electrical malfunction with the pumps. He said firefighters had to reset it, which caused a delay in extinguishing the flames.

“Total ran probably right at 45 minutes,” said Hudson.

That was enough time to destroy his home, which is a space that is equipped for his Hudson’s son with special needs.

“I’m planning on moving back in my house and I don’t ever want this to happen again,” said Hudson.

Fairfield Mayor Ed May said he was told by the fire chief that there was an electrical malfunction with the pumps on the truck, which caused a delay in extinguishing the flames.
Fairfield Mayor Ed May said he was told by the fire chief that there was an electrical malfunction with the pumps on the truck, which caused a delay in extinguishing the flames.

So when Hudson heard the city of Birmingham was donating three fire trucks to Fairfield, he was relieved. Mayor May said he’s grateful the city of Birmingham is being a good neighbor, and offering their support.

“I felt real good, but there’s one problem,” Hudson. “I just wish they would have done it last month before I lost my house and everything that we worked for pretty much.”

The mayor said he doesn’t know when Fairfield will receive the trucks, but he said the sooner the better. He said the malfunction that happened back in December could have happened on a new truck too, and he’s confident in the work those firefighters do every day.

If you’d like to help Hudson’s family, you can contact him by calling 205-276-3011.

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