Alexandria would like to get its hands on three or four of these babies. (Gafiretrucks/via Flickr)

Alexandria has appropriated money to buy new equipment, but fire officials note that you can’t run down to the nearest Ford dealer and buy one off the lot. So new help is a year away, and that’s a little concerning to some folks as they prepare for the influx of 6,400 federal employees this fall at the BRAC behemoth on Seminary Road in the city’s west end, which might also affect response times. The Alexandria Fire Department responds to about 19,000 calls per year.

Derrick Perkins has more in the Alexandria Times.