Ypsilanti Township will purchase a new fire truck that will serve as a fire engine and rescue truck.
The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees recently approved the purchase of a $594,000 Spartan Crimson truck that will be financed at payments of about $120,000 per year over the next five years.
The department will retire a largely unused 1990 reserve fire engine and its 1999 rescue truck that isn’t used for fighting fires but responds to interstate traffic accidents, water rescue calls, routine medical calls and carries “the jaws of life” and other auto accident extraction equipment.
The new truck will have enough storage to carry all the equipment now on the rescue truck and also carry hoses, ladders and other frontline firefighting equipment.
When operating with a force of 33 firefighters six years ago, having two separate trucks for fire suppression and rescue operations made sense, said Chief Eric Copeland. Four to five firefighters previously operated on each shift, but with the ranks reduced to 27 and only two to three firefighters on each shift, there’s less personnel to operate the entire fleet.
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