New Fire Apparatus Delivered to Copley (OH)

Copley Township’s new fire engine was expected to arrive very soon.

Following a “fine-tooth comb” inspection by the Copley Fire Department crew that put together specifications for the vehicle during a trip to the manufacturer in Appleton (WI) the vehicle was expected to be delivered to the dealer in Twinsburg, Benson said during the meeting.

Next, the Pierce Dash rescue pumper will head to a company in Richfield for mounting hardware parts, after a brief stop of a day or two in Copley.

It will be four to six weeks, optimistically, before the truck is put into service.

Once the truck is done in Richfield, Copley Fire Department personnel will install radio equipment themselves, including a headset intercom system, saving the department thousands of dollars.

The rescue pumper will be equipped with hydraulic rescue tools such as Jaws of Life. Another feature is storage for compartments for materials needed to clean up chemical spills, according to Moore.

Also at the Sept. 18 meeting, trustees approved a purchase order for a second annual lease payment, of about $109,800, for the vehicle.

The Copley Fire and Rescue Association will give about $16,000 toward this payment, an amount they have committed to annually for the five years payments are required.

Benson added his department is looking at applying for a regional grant with Barberton, Copley and Norton and possibly Fairlawn for a fire station alerting system to improve efficiency. The new equipment would alert the fire stations of emergencies at the same time, allowing mutual aid to arrive 90 seconds to two minutes faster, he said.

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