Painesville and Concord (OH) Jointly Purchase Fire Apparatus

Painesville and Concord Township has jointly purchased a 1991 fire truck.

“This is the way things should be done now and forever,” Concord Township Fire Chief Mike Warner said. “We should be buying stuff together and being allowed to put those boundaries aside and bring people into the realm of sharing resources.”

The departments split the cost of the used truck as a way to cut costs and reduce redundancy in purchasing.

Painesville Fire Chief Mark Mlachak said a new aerial truck — donning a longer ladder with a bucket on the end — could cost $800,000 to $1 million.

Warner had a contact at Boardman Township who sold the 1991 truck for $82,000.

“We split that cost. We knew going in it was going to need some work but we got it for less than $50,000 per community,” Mlachak said.

Painesville sold their former ladder truck to the Madison and Perry fire departments for $30,000, pending the approval of the Painesville City Council.

The two communities are intertwined through two agreements.

The first is a joint economic development district as a result of Lake East Hospital — a large income tax generator for Painesville — moved to Concord, which does not collect income tax.

The second is the 13-entity Lake County East Council of Governments.
The idea of sharing resources has been at the crux of the COG in its 10 year existence.

“Just like when you’re buying a used car, you don’t really know what you’re getting into,” Mlachak said.

But he said he is confident the truck has been kept up and that the mechanics who looked at it were thorough.

“It’s not like we went from a new truck to an old truck,” he said of the switch from a 1992 truck to a 1991. “But it gave us a better and safer platform. We cut maintenance cost in half and we agreed when it comes time to replace (we will work together as well.)”

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