Bennettsville City Council Tuesday evening approved money to repair the fire department's lone ladder truck.
Fire Chief Chris Burks explained to the council that the truck recently had a required inspection by the American Test Center of River Falls, Wisconsin. Issues were found on the truck, which was purchased last year from the Fountain Inn Fire Department.
"When we agreed to purchase the truck, it had passed the yearly inspection and was certified. This test was a five-year inspection, which is more in depth," said Burks.
Since failing the inspection, the truck has been taken out of duty. Burks informed the council that the repairs will cost $34,147.10.
Having a ladder truck, Burks explained, is important for fighting fires at not only a multi-story building but at any large structure such as a manufacturing site or sprawling store building. Also, having a ladder truck in service aids with the insurance rating for home owners in the area.