Washington Township Fire Department (OH) now has a fire truck thanks to the city of Delaware (OH).
The 24-year-old truck replaces a former fire truck that was destroyed in a fire due to mechanical failure while responding to a house fire in early February.
The loss of the fire truck meant there was just one other truck to cover all of Washington Township, according to Chief Bill Harwood.
Delaware City Council waived the typical bidding process for selling equipment and allowed the Washington Township Fire Department to purchase a 1989 E1 Cyclone fire truck that retails for $50,000 for just $12,000.
The Delaware Fire Department first learned of Washington Township’s situation through a salesman from Finley Fire Equipment of McConnelsville.
“The [fire] chief of the city of Delaware contacted me and said to come look at the truck, so I went up and looked at it,” Harwood explained. “He told me to put in a minimal bid and he would take it to city council along with a letter of explanation about what happened to us and our finances. Our finances aren’t good down here — you know how it is in this county.”
Their salesman from Finley Fire Equipment originally intended to bid on the fire truck in an attempt to resell it, Harwood noted, but stopped when he heard about the situation in Washington Township.
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