It's problem facing many cities, towns and counties across the country: finding money to update outdated emergency equipment.

The Laurel Fork Volunteer Fire Department in Carroll County has eight emergency vehicles inside, but there's a catch: only five are working.

Captain Dale Edmonds has been part of the volunteer department for years. We walked to the back of the firehouse and stopped at what appeared to be a functioning fire truck. That would be a wrong assumption.

"No, there's no pulling this truck out. The only way this truck moves is when we contract a wrecker service to come get it. This truck doesn't even start. It just looks good. It's got a real nice paint job on it," Edmonds said.

Captain Edmonds then showed off another sharp looking 1974 fire truck. He'd said earlier, he didn't want to give his opinion about anything, he'd rather just stick to the facts.

"[This truck] has the old gas engine on it and it also has the fuel tank behind the seat in it. The actual fuel tank's behind the seat in the passenger compartment," he said.

Just like a Pinto! Critics said The Ford Pinto had a faulty design that sometimes allowed its fuel tank to be punctured in rear end collision, resulting in deadly fires.

Carroll County, like other counties nationwide, is dealing with some hard truth. Many of its' emergency vehicles in use today are considered too old by the National Fire Protection Association, which sets industry standards.

But replacing or rehabbing any of the emergency vehicles in Carroll County's fleet isn't cheap. Still, the county says its working on a plan that will make sense.

In the past eight years Carroll County administrator Gary Larrowe says it's spent more than $1 million updating its emergency fleet.

"For the past two board of supervisors have really been instrumental in trying to invest in a lot of the fire departments and emergency services departments and have really pushed those efforts," Larrowe said.

A new tanker truck can run upwards of $350 thousand. A new pumper pushes the $700 thousand mark. There's only a certain amount of money and Larrowe says there are several fire departments and rescue squads Carroll County helps out.

"We have three fire departments in Carroll County that we support, and then we also have Carroll County Fire and Rescue, and then we also support three other departments that are outside of Carroll County that support us," he said.

Other support trucks inside Laurel Fork are also beyond their years. Captain Edmonds said local folks have done what they can.

"[We worked] our own sweat and labor here in the station, some of the locals did it, and then when we got [the fire truck] in service, then we started having engine issues," he said.

The county says it's possible that some stations and rescue squads may be consolidated while updating some of the equipment.