The Albany Fire Department is a step closer to replacing several emergency vehicles.

The common council's finance committee approved more than $1 million to help the department updated old and outdated equipment.

That includes $600,000 for a new rescue squad and $420,000 for eight support vehicles. Fire chief Joseph Gregory says much of the current fleet is between 10 and 15 years old and top 100,000 miles.

"We have a young job and an aged fleet, and we're just trying to get a better handle on things and move forward," said Gregory.

The mayor's office says the bond request was included in this year's budget, and now it needs approval from the common council.