The city is applying for a $1 million federal grant that would cover 90 percent of the cost of a new ladder truck for the fire department.
North Olmsted Safety-Service Director Donald Glauner is applying for the money from the Department of Homeland Security under a grant program to provide assistance to firefighters. About $304 million is available under the national program, and Glauner said he didn’t know the city’s chances of receiving a share.
The current ladder truck is 19 years old and required extensive repairs in 2012 and 2013, Glauner said.
“Furthermore, Ladder 1 recently failed the annual pump test, once again requiring additional costly repairs,” he said.
North Olmsted, which measures more than 12.5 square miles, has 19 buildings five stories or taller, including two apartment buildings 19 stories high. The truck responded to 144 calls in 2013, including mutual aid calls to nearby communities, Glauner said.
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