Recent changes to California Diesel emission rules left the Kern County Fire Department considering costly updates to their hot shot vehicles.
But department officials are looking at all their options in hopes of finding ways to best maximize what they already have - instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on brand new vehicles KCFD is looking to refurbish older ones.
In order to make it easier the Air Pollution Control District gave the fire department a grant to upgrade two of its vehicles in order to meet the new standards and requirements.
These updates will save around $160,000 alone - taxpayer money that could go to funding many other necessities.
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