SANDY TWP. The Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District took the first steps on April 6 to bid on a 2005 Kenworth T300 fire tanker for the district.
The tanker has 8,848 miles and features an ISC 330 engine, automatic Allison transmission, a gross vehicle weight of 54,600 pounds and a 3,000-gallon tank. It has a Barley pump that provides 1,250 gallons per minute and three automatic dump valves along with telescoping scene lights.
The vehicle was services and pump tested in 2016.
Firefighter Cruze Gianelli recently inspected the truck and said it would be a definite upgrade form the district's current tanker.
"The truck overall is in great shape," he said, noting that the undercarriage, wiring and other components are all in excellent working order.
Fire District Trustee Bruce Weisburn said the district would arrange financing for the vehicle.
Gianelli added that firefighters don't look forward to riding on the current tanker, though it could serve as a backup.
The board agreed to place a bid on the truck and held a brief closed-door session to come up with a figure for the sealed submission.
The deadline for bids is April 14.
In other business, the board is considering contracting with Ohio Billing to charge non-residents for service for motor vehicle accidents and car fires.
"The residents pay a levy and I don't have a taste for charging them," Weisburn said. "Non-residents don't pay anything and when they have an accident, they benefit from our service."
The company charges a $795 start-up fee and $40 for each EMS or fire report. If there is a month with no billable calls, there will be a $100 fee.
In other business, the board:
PAID bills totaling $7,344.02.
HEARD firefighters recently received an appreciation dinner at Tozzi's.
RECEIVED a firefighter application from Mariah Clark of Carrollton, who will be moving to the area. Trustees approved a background check for Clark, who has previous firefighting experience.
The next regular meeting of the Mohawk Valley Joint Fire District is set for 7:30 p.m. April 20 at the fire station, at 8285 Waynesburg Drive SE.