Birmingham lends fire engine to Lipscomb

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The city of Birmingham is lending a neighbor a fire engine.  Earlier this week, the mayor of the Jefferson County town of Lipscomb, phoned Mayor Larry Langford and two other municipalities asking for their help after an emergency situation.

Mayor Melanie Bouyer says over the weekend, the city had a house burn down.  She says her city has a fire truck but it dates back to the 1960s and is currently broken.  They called on another municipality to help, but by the time they arrived, the house was gone.  That's when she decided to call Birmingham, Bessemer and Hoover for help.

Bouyer says all three cities responded with Birmingham offering the largest contribution.  He says the city will lend Lipscomb one of their fire engines until they can fix theirs.  And until the engine arrives, the city will provide interim fire protection for Lipscomb's two-thousand plus citizens.

"We're grateful for the regional cooperation, the outpouring of support and what we needed was immediate," said Bouyer Wednesday. "He saw we couldn't be without fire support and that he had what we needed."

Langford says he could not sit back and watch someone die or property burn, knowing he could help.  "We are going to out of our reserves provide them with a modern fire truck that will be delivered this Friday at noon.  It's the right thing to do."

Langford says Lipscomb's police car fleet is also not up to par.  So he says he is working with Bouyer on a possible transfer of police vehicles that Birmingham has in surplus.  Bouyer says the mayor of Hoover offered to help the city get the part they needed to fix the truck. She says the city of Bessemer offered their assistance as well.