By Dedra Cordle
The Jackson Township Fire Department is set to receive new equipment.
At the Feb. 18 meeting, the board of trustees approved the purchase of a $650,000 fire engine for Station 202 on Hoover Road. It will replace the one the station has used as its front line engine for 12 years.
According to Shawn Quincel, the deputy fire chief, the engine has rust on its frame and more than 113,000 miles on it.
“Over the past three years, we have spent close to $112,000 on repairs for the engine at 202.”
He said in addition to the framing issues and the mileage, the engine has also amassed more than 11,000 working hours.
“We expect to add more than 10,500 miles on it (before the engine arrives next year) and more than a thousand working hours.”
The engine will be built by Sutphen, an Amlin, Ohio based company. The board approved the order of a new engine for Station 203 on London-Groveport Road in October of 2018.
That engine, which was also built by Sutphen, is set to arrive in May.
Quincel said both engines will also serve as engine rescues, which has become the trend at numerous departments.
“We used to have a dedicated rescue truck but we have had to move away from that,” he said.
Township Administrator Shane Farnsworth said the engines now have to come equipped with ladders, and that has been especially beneficial when responding to accidents on Interstate 71 and 270.
“On occasion, they will have to use the ladders to get over the five-foot tall barriers,” he said.
He added that he hopes the road construction will be finished by the time the engine arrives in 2021.
The board also approved a five-year contract extension with the city of Grove City for the fire department’s dispatching and communication services. Under the terms of the agreement, the township will pay the city $175,282 for the 2020 calendar year. The amount will increase 4 percent each year of the contract.
Farnsworth said the township is very happy with the agreement as the city offers “excellent” dispatching services.
In addition to Jackson Township, Pleasant and Prairie townships also have dispatching agreements with the city. Safety Director Bill Vedra said that all three entities using the same dispatching services helps the collaborative effort of the mutual-aid departments.
The city has yet to agree on the contract; the council will hold its first hearing on Feb. 18. Vedra said he expects the council will approve the contract at the next council meeting.