Building a fire truck

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:05 PM

“It is on the line and it is being built,” Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said.

Township residents approved a one-year millage in August 2012 to pay for the apparatus and equipment for the Fire/Rescue Department.

The truck will replace the township’s Engine 1022, a 1989 Pierce and the department’s “first-out” engine. Engine 1022 is obsolete and has experienced equipment failures in the past year, officials have said.

Gerencer expects the new truck to be delivered in late July.

“It will go into service in August once we get everyone trained,” he said.

Earlier last year, the Township Board approved spending $400,000 on the apparatus. The remaining funding will come from the voter-approved millage.

The new truck will assist the township in furthering its ability to fight and prevent fires, Gerencer said.

“It’s going to increase the level of service, especially the firefighting capability with foam and everything,” he said. “It is definitely going to be helpful.”

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