Genoa Township Fire Department purchasing new extrication tools
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
We hope our firefighters only have to use vehicle extrication tools in training, but when they are needed in a real-life situation we expect those tools to be the newest and best that are available on the market.
That’s what Genoa Township Fire Department Chief Gary Honeycutt asked for during the Thursday, August 2, Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting — newer equipment from one of the best manufacturers in the industry.
“Our current extrication equipment is 20 years old,” Chief Honeycutt said. “The tools do not conform to the standards they should, especially with new materials used in cars.”
Chief Honeycutt said his department demoed four different brands of extrication tools and decided to price a seven-tool set designed and manufactured by Genesis Rescue Systems.
“The seven tools would cost $28,095; we budgeted $32,750,” Chief Honeycutt said. “Genesis tools are designed to be used on today’s cars; and Genesis is one of the leaders in the industry.”
Chief Honeycutt said the Genesis extrication tools would be purchased from Howell Rescue Systems in Kettering, Ohio.
The trustees approved the purchase request. The older extrication tools will be maintained as a backup set on another department engine.
Chief Honeycutt also noted that dry weather and extreme heat could easily lead to brush and grass fires. He cautioned township residents to use care with outdoor fires by using clean-burning wood and keeping flames at a two-foot height maximum.
For summer gas grill safety tips go to the Genoa Township website at < genoatwp.com >, click Fire at the top of the page, then click Fire Prevention in the drop-down menu.