Girard OH Adds New Fire Apparatus

The Girard Fire Department (OH) has added a new $900,000 fire engine to its fleet.

A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant allowed the department to purchase the black and red rig. The new engine will accompany two smaller engines that the department houses.

Chief Kenneth Bornemiss said the truck is state-of-the-art and unlike any apparatus the department has had before.

The chief said the last large fire engine the department bought was in 1977. He said the old truck was sold last month.

The fire department received the truck Friday after officials from Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. in Holden (LA) made the 16-hour drive to Northeast Ohio.

The new truck also comes with various accessories, including shovels, axes, hoses, computerized water pumps and hand-held thermal imaging devices that can detect heat behind doors and walls.

Luke Grunder said the department’s firefighters helped design certain elements of the new truck, including compartment locations, ladder positions and water-pump gauges.

Though Grunder said the new details will make life easier, his favorite part of the new vehicle is its turning radius. Even though the engine is still large by most standards, he said it can turn on a dime compared with the old engine.

Jerry Lambert, city services director, said the grant requirements meant the city had to provide roughly $40,000 for the truck, which came from the city’s general fund.

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