Birmingham sells fire truck for $1

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Last week, he loaded up in a MAX bus.  Wednesday, Birmingham Mayor William Bell hopped into a 1993 fire truck, after getting word of a major issue in Brighton.  

Bell told FOX 6 News Reporter Ashley Nix, "they tried to meet the needs of a fire and the pumping equipment didn't work."

For that reason, Tuesday, Birmingham City Councilors unanimously approved giving the surplus truck to Brighton for $1.  

"Whatever equipment we need to bring to bear to save lives and protect property were going to do that," Bell said.

Just one day later, with members of the Birmingham Fire Department standing by to watch, Bell met Brighton Mayor Angelo Hinkle to make it official.  Hinkle said he was truly thankful for the gesture.

"This is about people helping people and this gives us the opportunity to help other cities when they have fires this goes farther than Brighton," Hinkle said.

The Birmingham firefighters also showed Brighton firefighters the bells and whistles on the truck so they'll know exactly how to operate it when a fire call comes in.

Hinkle said the gift gives his city a front line of equipment and he feels it will be important in saving lives.

Birmingham Fire Chief Ivor Brooks was also on hand and says its important to help smaller city's who might not have enough resources or funding to buy what they need.

"Basically what this does is help us help them, that's what this piece of equipment does," Brooks said.