The township recently took delivery of its new quint fire apparatus and township firefighters are now getting familiar with it.
“We’re still working on getting it in service,” Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer said. “It comes with loose equipment, and loose equipment all has to be mounted properly.”
In August 2012, township voters approved a one-year millage to pay for the $750,000 apparatus and equipment for the township's Fire/Rescue Department. The Township Board had earlier approved spending an additional $400,000 on the apparatus.
The company that produced the truck will be coming to the township to provide orientation and training on the new vehicle.
“We’ve started the driver’s training on the truck because that part is pretty standard,” Gerencer said. “We’re not going to use the ladder until we get proper training. ... Most of us haven’t had the training to run this particular truck.”
The new firefighting vehicle is called a quint because it serves five different functions: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders.
One of the more interesting aspects of the new truck is that it safely seats six firefighters inside its cab, Gerencer said. The older truck didn't have enough room for everyone, as two firefighters had to sit outside of the cab with lap belts on, which was dangerous in the event of a crash.
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