Sylvania Township’s fire department has taken delivery of a new fire engine and is currently taking it for practice runs before putting it into service, probably in the middle of next month and the fire station at Main and Monroe streets in downtown Sylvania.
Chief Jeffrey Kowalski said the trial runs are taken not only to check out different aspects of the vehicle, but also to familiarize firefighters who will soon be operating the 44,000 lb. vehicle in emergency situations.
“We want to be sure everything is right with the truck and our guys,” he said, adding that u to now there don’t appear to be any problems.
An engine, he said, is ordered as a basic unit, with all sorts of choices to be made about individual items, down to what type of door pulls are favored.
He said he designated officers and firefighters to form a committee and make those kinds of decisions.
“I didn’t always agree with their choices, but I’m not going to drive it, I’m not going to have to work from it, so I kept my mouth shut.”
The chief said his only purpose in attending the meetings was to be sure the committee did not go for options that might exceed budget limits, but he added that never became an issue.
The basic vehicle, purchased from Sutphen Corp., near Columbus, cost $505,000.
After the committee’s requests for compartment size, areas for medical equipment, where to load hoses and tools, the final tab was $517,000, well below the cap of $545,00 they had to work with.
The engine is designated as a 2015 model, but is brand new, the chief said.
He also noted that the department has had Sutphen engines in the past and currently has one on stand-by status which is a 1995 model and meets all the standards required for service. He anticipates 10-12 years of front-line service from the new truck and then about 8-10 years on reserve status.
The truck carries 30 gallons of fire-fighting foam and a water tank holding 750 gallons. He said that is enough to put out a lot of fires if used efficiently.
For a large fire, it allows firefighters to begin immediately dousing flames while others attach hoses to a fire hydrant.
Using water from a hydrant, the truck can pump 1,500 gallons per minute.
The only design element the chief said he insisted on was the lettering on the side of the truck.
“Honor, Courage, Dedication”
“That’s who I think we are,” he said.
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