8/12/14 10:50 p.m.
The Fire Department was the focus of Findlay City Council’s appropriations committee meeting Tuesday.
The council heard from Fire Chief Tom Lonyo who said he polled the firefighters to identify the needs of the department.
The firefighters said having a rescue vehicle will be beneficial because with the widening of I-75, more crashes of higher impact are likely and a truck capable of carrying the equipment necessary for those rescues is necessary.
Lonyo asked the Council to consider a demonstration fire truck to replace one of the engines, which could save $50 to $70,000 of the estimated $550,000 for replacement.
Cranes will be a common sight near the Marathon Petroleum construction area for the next few years. Because of that, the appropriations committee is accepting Gilbane Construction Company’s offer to pay for two-thirds of the equipment the Fire Department would need to handle a crane rescue.
Fire Captain Josh Eberle said the need for the equipment came after the rescue drill a few weeks ago.
Eberle said the new quipment will allow firefighters to do more than just crane rescues, but technical rescues as well such as, high-angle (water/cell tower), confined space, water and more.
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