Genoa Twp. Fire Department orders new engine
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
During the Thursday, October 4, Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting the trustees approved the purchase of a new 2013 Engine/Rescue vehicle to replace the Genoa Township Fire Department’s 1996 Freightliner.
The new purchase has been planned for through a vehicle replacement schedule. Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt presented the proposed purchase indicating that it will take nearly a year before the new apparatus is delivered.
The new engine, costing $569,384, will be purchased through State Bid from Sutphen of Dublin.
The engine will include a Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS).
“CAFS allows for a more effective method for fighting fires than fighting fire with water,” Honeycutt said. “Water is 10 percent effective on an open flame while CAFS is 80 to 100 percent effective. CAFS also substantially decreases water damage to structures.”
Trustee Karl Gebhardt said the new engine would be an asset to township residents, allowing firefighters to be more effective in helping families who may need the fire department’s assistance.
Interested participants can register by logging on to the Genoa Township website at < genoatwp.com >.
The trustees reminded everyone that Genoa Township’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Village will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, at the Genoa Township Safety Services Complex, 7049 Big Walnut Road, Galena. All residents are invited to attend and participate in the family-friendly event.
The next regularly scheduled Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at the Genoa Township Hall, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville.
An updated list of meetings is available on the Township’s website at < genoatwp.com >.
The Genoa Township Administrative Offices are located at the Genoa Township Hall. They are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.