NORWICH – The Norwich Fire Department has been short a truck since they took their 1973 tanker out of service. The department has been relying on automatic mutual aid when responding to calls. Multiple departments respond to a call in order to ease the burden on one department. This has been working since the 1973 truck was removed from service, but at the City Finance Committee meeting on Sept. 5, Chief Joseph Angelino discussed the need to purchase a replacement tanker on an emergency basis. The Common Council passed a motion giving him permission to do so at Tuesday night’s meeting.