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New fire truck on hold for now

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WENATCHEE — Buying a new engine to bolster the city’s aging fleet of fire trucks is on hold indefinitely because of unexpected financial difficulties in the department.

“Just when it looked like we were going to be blessed with a new engine, things started happening to set us back,” Fire Chief Stan Smoke.

Several of the Wenatchee Fire Department’s 24 firefighters have experienced medical problems that kept them off work so far this year, resulting in higher-than-normal overtime costs to…

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