Fire truck ‘too wide for town streets’


Volunteer firefighters in a southern French village are complaining after the new truck they received — at a cost of $326,000 — turned out too wide for its narrow streets.

The firefighters in the town of Montcuq have complained to local authorities about the truck ordered by regional officials.

“In some neighborhoods, we will not be able to get through and will have to unroll the hoses to gain access to the location of a fire,” one of the firefighters said.

The firefighters said the truck was designed for use in urban environments and not the winding streets of Montcuq, a picturesque village of about 1,300 residents that was founded in the 12th century.