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Township Trustees Accept $650,000 Aerial Truck Bid For Archbold Fire Department




German Township Trustees approved the purchase of a new aerial ladder truck for the Archbold Fire Department at its Monday night, April 14, meeting.

While two sets of specifications were picked up, only one bid was submitted. The Sutphen Corporation, of Amlin, Ohio, tendered the lone bid.

The company submitted a bid for a new truck chassis, with a refurbished or remanufactured fire pump, turntable, and ladder assembly.

Delivery is expected in the first months of next year.

The trustees added three options to the truck, boosting the base bid of $644,475 to a final figure of $650,658.

The figure is well below the $800,000 to $900,000 cost of an all-new aerial truck.

Remote Nozzle

The most expensive option selected for the new aerial truck was a remote-controlled nozzle in the bucket at the top of the ladder, which operates by radio signal.

It can be controlled from the bucket, from the truck’s groundlevel control panel, or from the ground by a handheld remote control.

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said of all the options for the new truck, the remote control nozzle is not needed “but would be nice to have.”

The bucket will have a second manually-controlled nozzle

One example of the use of the remote-controlled nozzle is in the case of a hazardous materials fire, where it would be too dangerous to put a firefighter in a plume of toxic smoke. The nozzle can be operated without a man in the bucket.

But Brodbeck asked if a situation were that dangerous, would the fire department want a $650,000 truck that close?

Bruce Lauber, president of the trustees, said the fire department had done quite a bit of work to save money on the purchase of a new aerial truck, and that they should be rewarded with the remote-control nozzle.

The nozzle added $5,583 to the truck price.

The other options taken included a 120-volt electrical outlet in the bucket, which Sutphen charges $275 to add.

The trustees also opted to add two rechargeable flashlights and their chargers to the truck, adding an additional $325.

Options Not Taken

Two options not added to the aerial truck, but purchased under the department’s annual budget from the trustees, were a new rescue tool and a Stokes basket.

Brodbeck told the trustees one set of the department’s rescue tools is at least 25 years old, and had expensive repairs recently.

The new rescue tool is simpler to connect and easier to use.

Brodbeck budgeted $20,000 for the purchase of the tool. The trustees opted to purchase the device from Sutphen for $19,680.

The Stokes basket, a $630 purchase, is a special litter that a victim can be strapped into so they can be protected when moved.

The department’s budget included several items. The list included 10 new sets of turnout gear, the protective clothing worn by firefighters.

Brodbeck said some of the turnout gear was damaged fighting the Feb. 17 barn fire at the Phillip Stuckey farm on Co. Rd. 25-2.

There was oil stored in the barn, some of which soaked into the turnout gear.

Also, there are new people on the department who need turnout gear.

The department is also planning to replace some fire hose, some of which dates back to the 1960s but passes tests.

Brodbeck said ISO, the insur- ance service organization, has changed the way it rates fire safety for some residents of the township, which could raise fire insurance premiums for some homeowners.

The change raises the rating for people living within 1,000 feet of the Archbold village limits from a 5 to a 6.

But property owners in the township who live away from the village and its fire hydrants, saw their rating drop from a 9 to an 8.

Lauber said there are only four ways to improve the ISO rating: more hydrants in the township, going to a full-time fire department, improving the county 911 dispatch system, or adding more fire stations.

All are cost-prohibitive.- David Pugh

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