Archbold, OH

Ridgeville Fire Department Gets Grant, Loan Money

The Ridgeville Township Fire Department is scheduled to receive $27,000 in grant funds, and a $200,000 zero-interest loan.

Dexter Benecke, Ridgeville Fire Department chief, said the $27,000 grant will be used to replace the tops on two of three underground cisterns in the downtown area. The cisterns store about 13,000 gallons of water each for firefighting purposes.

Benecke said the grant, from Community Development Block Grant funds, has been approved by the Fulton County Commissioners. The money should be in hand by October; the work may be done late this year or early next.

Truck Loan

Benecke said the department originally applied for the zerointerest loan from the State of Ohio Fire Marshall office in April 2007 to purchase a new fire tanker truck.

“We were next on the list. We applied for $165,000, but someone backed out, and they offered us $200,000,” Benecke

The loan is interest-free for 10 years, but Benecke said the department will have the loan paid off before that.

The department wants to replace a tanker, which has a 1984 truck chassis. The 1,800- gallon tank it carries was built in the 1970s, Benecke said.

The new truck will be built on a tandem-axle commercial chassis that the department intends to buy through the state purchasing program.

Fire department officials are still working on the specifi cations for the tank and fire equipment. They have decided they want a 3,000-gallon tank.

The new truck will be equipped with a 750 gallon per minute pump, so it can be rated as a pumper-tanker, Benecke said.


Exact delivery date of the new truck depends on which company gets the bid for the tank and fire equipment. The truck chassis will be purchased this fall.

He anticipates the new truck could be delivered by February or March 2009.

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