Lorain (OH) to Purchase Engine for Fire Apparatus

The city of Lorain will pay almost $25,000 for a new engine for a fire truck.

Lorain City Council approved spending the money for a new Cummins diesel engine for Lorain Fire Department Pumper 7, a 2006 Smeal.

The pumper is named for and works out of LFD Station 7, 2111 West Park Drive. It will be out of service until the engine repair is completed, said Fire Chief Tom Brown.

The truck was responding to call in December 2014 when the engine’s turbo charger stopped working properly, Brown said. Firefighters were not slowed down as they got the truck to their destination, but it had to be towed back to the station, he said.

As Fire Department mechanics were replacing the turbo charger, oil got into parts of the diesel engine where fuel was needed, Brown said. When the engine was restarted, it led to “catastrophic failure” of the engine, according to city records.

Along with City Council, the city Board of Control approved spending $24,896 for Cummins Bridgeway of Cleveland to install the new engine, according to city records.

The replacement is a expected to take six to eight weeks to order the engine and install it, Brown said, adding he hopes the job gets completed sooner.

A new engine is needed because the mechanics cannot replace the engine with one from a department backup pumper, he said.

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