Federal government to pay for cleaning of fire trucks
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(New York-AP) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency will
pay to decontaminate fire trucks that were exposed to debris while
responding to the World Trade Center.
Most of the 200 rigs that were present when the twin towers
collapsed were returned to service after initial testing by the
Fire Department. The department said fewer than six were found to
have high asbestos levels and were decontaminated.
But union officials have been pushing for professional
decontamination of all the trucks, saying that asbestos fibers
remaining in the rigs could cause further harm to firefighters who
inhaled airborne contaminants at the trade center site.
The fire union last week tested three trucks that had passed
department air testing. Debris found in the vehicles' cabs and
engine compartments was found to have elevated levels of asbestos.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.