Report: Problems with NJ fire truck purchases

September 16, 2008 7:41:18 AM PDT
The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation is sounding an alarm over the way fire trucks are purchased in the state. A commission report out Tuesday finds a lack of "proper accountability and transparency" in the process.

The SCI says one of the biggest problems local officials often use design specifications passed on directly from their dealers' sales personnel.

Such a move ensures that only a specific manufacturer will be best able to meet the specifications, hindering any real bidding process for fire truck contracts.

The commission calls for direct state involvement in fire truck purchases and truck design specifications that are written by the state, not manufacturers.

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