PTFD needs new medic

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Pleasant Township Fire Chief Jay Noojin said the township needs a new emergency vehicle.

He discussed the issue with the Pleasant Township trustees at the Dec. 11 meeting.

"We are just talking right now," Noojin said. "We’re going through the specifications for a new medic and we are trying to duplicate Medic 231."

Currently, the township has two emergency vehicles. The recent year to date model is the 2003 International Horton rescue vehicle, which is their first line, meaning it is the first one to respond when a call is placed. The second vehicle is a 1997 Ford C-350 model, which is their backup, also called their second out.

Those heavy-duty medics get about 10 years of service in them, and since it is going to be 2008 in a few weeks, it might be time for an upgrade. Noojin said they would put out a bid on the 1997 model and they would most like go to volunteer companies.

The upgrade would be a new International Horton vehicle that is tagged at $175,000.

"The International is the top of the line," said Board Chairman Keith Goldhardt. "Nothing against the other models, but it is more reliable and low on maintenance."

The new medical vehicle would take nine months to build, but the board and the fire department want to place the order before March of 2008 when the cost for the vehicles hike up five percent.

The Pleasant Township Fire Department averages 67 medical runs per month.

In other news

The trustees and the fire department wish to thank Dr. John Kovatch of Lincoln Village Chiropractic and the township residents who were involved with this year’s Firefighters for Kids Drop-off on Dec. 1. In lieu of payment for services, Dr. Kovatch requested everyone bring in a gift of their choice for the underprivileged children in the area.

What looked like hundreds of toys decorated the meeting room of the fire department. The fire station is still accepting toys and gifts at the station located at 5373 Norton Road in Grove City until Dec. 24.

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