SPRINGFIELD TWP, Ohio—This Christmas the Springfield township fire Department is getting a new pumper, and Santa will ride in the truck Friday evening to the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Springfield Lake.
He will be riding in a vehicle that is sorely needed in the community of 14,600 residents, said Fire Chief Vic Wincik.
“Actually this truck will end up replacing three trucks — two pumpers and an aerial truck. It has a dual purpose. It will carry limited extrication equipment as well as all the equipment for a Class A pumper for fighting fires,” Wincik said.
The new truck will allow the department to retire its two problematic pumpers, a 1983 reserve truck that “died’ in 2013 and a 1985 pumper that quit running in January and is no longer repairable.
The new truck will also replace a 1983 refurbished mini tower aerial truck that was purchased used in 1999. That unit will continue to run on calls until the new truck is officially put into service after the first of the year.
The majority of the truck’s $373,840 cost was paid for with a $346,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency plus a 5 percent match from the township. The township also paid for about $6,000 in additional equipment for the truck.
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