City offers CARES funding to help township purchase new medic

By Dedra Cordle

Staff Writer

The Jackson Township Fire Department is set to receive a new emergency service vehicle.

At its meeting in November, the board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution to purchase a $340,000 medic that will be unassigned to a particular station for the time being.

Fire Chief Randy Little said that the department will use the medic as its first reserve vehicle during routine or unexpected maintenance of its existing fleet.

“It can and will be used in a variety of ways,” he said. “When we are deep cleaning our ambulances, which can sometimes take up to 30 minutes to complete the process, it is not uncommon that we will receive an emergency call and need to access another vehicle at another station.

“This medic will be used in that capacity during those occurrences, as well as the times we have scheduled maintenance of our vehicles and the times when the unfortunate mechanical issues arise.”

Little said this new medic is slated to become a front-line vehicle at one of the department’s four stations in the near future.

The township will pay roughly $40,000 for the vehicle; the city of Grove City will fund the remainder of the cost.

According to Little, the township will use the city’s recent allocation of $300,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds toward the purchase of the vehicle. He said the department was “very appreciative” of their commitment to support public safety services.

“They have continued to be a great partner to us,” he said.

Unlike most medics, the department will not have to wait nine months for it to be delivered.

“It will likely be in service within the next few weeks,” said Little.

This medic, he added, was slated to be used as a model for Horton Emergency Vehicles at trade shows throughout the country but those plans were scrapped due to the current pandemic.

“It’s a brand-new vehicle that has most, if not all, of the specs we required for our previous vehicles,” he said. “All we needed was new decals and graphics, an additional gurney and a few other small items.”

In regard to future equipment purchasing plans, Little said the department will likely have to order a new engine and a new ladder within the next five years.






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