Two weeks ago, board members decided it would replace the Fire/Rescue Department’s ailing “first-out” fire truck with a new $725,000 quint truck.
The quint is a 75-footer that has a pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders, according to Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer. Its apparatus is more agile and less expensive than a traditional aerial platform truck, and it will allow for less staff needed on the truck.
The quint will also allow for firefighters to ventilate roofs beginning at about 80 seconds rather than the 7.5 minutes it takes with a traditional engine.
“This truck will get us into much closer areas and will have the ability to get us to rooftops immediately,” Gerencer said during the March 26 meeting. “Rather than having two firefighters put a ladder to a building, set it up and cut a hole in the roof, there will just be one firefighter on this ladder that is quick and a little more efficient.”
While the township will pick up more than 50 percent of the cost of the quint, they will be asking township taxpayers to pay the remaining $325,000 through a millage request.
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