By Linda Dillman
A reserve engine in service at Madison Township Fire Station 183 will return to reserve duty once a new engine equipped with advance life support is delivered after township trustees approved its purchase on May 11.
The 2005 engine with more than 200,000 miles is being replaced with a $628,128 Sutphen vehicle purchased at a state-bid list price including options and a .75 percent fee. The total purchase price, less a prepayment discount of $11,515 is $616,612.
“It will help spread out our current fleet,” said Fire Chief Derek Robinson. “It provides a reliable apparatus that will reduce response time and provide advance life support.”
Robinson said there were many facets of the purchase studied by a committee before making their recommendation, the biggest of which was response time. Madison Township is dispatched by the Columbus Division of Fire.
“We wanted to see by putting the (reserve) truck up there (Station 183) how it would change response times,” said Robinson, who added the response time dropped from seven minutes to four minutes.
Every minute counts in a fire or medical emergency.
“In today’s world, fires double in size every 60 seconds,” Robinson said. “Time is of the essence in cardiac and stroke events. By getting there three to four minutes earlier, it can truly have a prolific outcome on their recovery and rehabilitation. It is very important. Time is of the essence medically and fire wise.”
Other Madison Township news
•The Madison Township trustees approved participation in the Franklin County Engineer’s 2021 resurfacing program. Public Works Superintendent reported the agreement includes the motor paving of streets in Edgewater Park.
•Police Chief Gary York said an agreement with FOP Capital City Lodge 9 was reached and includes a three percent increase over three years. The original agreement expired on April 30 and the trustees unanimously approved a bargaining agreement that now expires in 2024.