Jefferson Township Fire takes delivery of new engine/rescue

The Jefferson Township Fire Department recently took delivery of a new engine/rescue.

(Posted Dec. 14, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Jefferson Township Fire Department took delivery of a new fire engine/rescue truck in late November.

Engine 251 was built by Sutphen, a fire truck manufacturer based in central Ohio. The vehicle originally served as a demonstration model for the company.

The fire department saved time by purchasing the demonstrator rather than waiting for a brand new truck to be built. The demonstrator needed modifications to make it fit with Jefferson Township’s fleet. Those modifications took approximately eight months to complete. In contrast, the wait for a brand new truck would have been 36 to 40 months, said Chief Chris Snyder.

The truck cost $740,000, and the modifications cost $60,000, making for a total investment of $800,000. The department is covering the cost with money from its capital improvements fund and its cash balance.

Earlier this month, the department sold its 2006 American LaFrance engine which was purchased several years ago as a temporary replacement for a ladder truck the department used to own.

The fleet now consists of the new engine/rescue, a 2016 engine/rescue that is very similar to the new vehicle, a 1998 tanker, a grassfighter, and two medics. The department will take delivery of a new medic on Dec. 19; the order for the new medic was placed in February 2022.

On Dec. 6, firefighters physically pushed Engine 251 into the fire station, a tradition many fire stations celebrate when receiving a new truck. The action honors the days in the 1800s when pumper carts had to be detached from horses and pushed into the station by hand.

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