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Why fire department is not using studded tires

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Many drivers have studded snow tires and may wonder why they aren't used on all emergency vehicles as well.

If you closely look at the tires on their trucks, you'll see there's no studs on them. The reason they say is simple it doesn't make sense.

According to the Kennewick fire department, large snowfall in the Columbia Basin is rare and using studs on their trucks would put a dent in their budget and the roads. "We're saving staff hours," says Deputy Chief Marvin Leonard. Leonard continues, " I know an agency that just put studs on. It would cost them $500 dollars to take the rig and the tires changed out."

The department started putting the new tires on their 15 EMS and fire trucks two weeks ago. While Kennewick doesn't use studs agencies like Benton County fire district 4 and Richland fire department do.

KFD isn't alone is their decision. Kennewick police also don't use studs repeating what the fire department told.