FOX10 News spoke with Prichard Fire Department (PFD) Chief David Hale about allegations his fire department is "severely" under-staffed, and under-equipped.

We wanted to speak with him after our Investigative Team received emails from sources detailing problems with the city's fire trucks and dangerously low levels of staff members.

Chief Hale did admit there is a serious problem with the department being under-staffed, so much to the point that he refused to disclose just how many employees are currently working there.

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When we asked him how many employees are on the roster, he said, "I'll let the mayor answer that... that's just something that he needs to discuss and not me."

He also said he plans to hold a "massive recruiting program" in the coming months.

"Our goal is to hire at least 30 people and that's the goal that I think we will be able to reach," said Chief Hale.

The Chief insists, however, that residents and firefighters are not in any danger, despite the under-staffing issue.

Of course, FOX10 News tried calling the mayor's office to find out how many people actually work at the fire department right now, but for the second day in a row, we haven't gotten a response.

FOX10 News will keep searching, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more.

Wednesday morning, the city of Mobile donated equipment to Prichard, including a new fire truck and some air packs, which Chief Hale said will alleviate some of the equipment issues at the department.

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