TROY — The Troy Fire Department has revamped an old ambulance to give it a new life as its “Safety Squad” mobile education unit.
The public is invited to attend an open house from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Station No. 2 located at 1528 N. Market St. to tour the firehouse and the new Safety Squad unit. Light snacks, fire station tours, and fire safety door prizes will be provided during the event, which is in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month in October.
Chief Matt Simmons said he decided to reuse an old ambulance — instead of listing it for sale — to enhance the community at a low cost.
“It’s another tool we can use for community outreach. It enhances what we already do,” Chief Simmons said. “We’ll use this to set-up at safety demonstration events. We’ll be able to bring the generator to keep the inflatable inflated — it’s really just like a cargo van, but now we won’t have to hunt down a trailer to haul it to events.”
The Safety Squad will transport the fire prevention bureau’s inflatable firehouse to community events and area school demonstrations. The vehicle will also be used to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, store materials such as coloring books for children and store tools and equipment for the fire prevention bureau.
The Safety Squad will travel to the department’s 130 events, which attract up to 8,000 participants per year.
The colorful revamped ambulance features the fire department’s annual coloring contest winners on the driver’s side for display. The vehicle’s “wrap” will be modified to display the first, second and third place winners each year from Troy’s local elementary schools’ second graders.
Community partnerships will also continue to fund the department’s CO/Smoke Detector Program, bicycle helmet giveaways, child safety seat checks and fire prevention education programs well into the future.
To transform the former medic to the Safety Squad, it cost $5,500, the majority of which came from local organizations and businesses through the department’s community fund. Approximately, $1,500 of the cost was from the fire department’s miscellaneous materials fund.
The Safety Squad was funded by the following community sponsors: The Robinson Fund, The Mercer Group Inc., Kettering Health Network, Premier Health Partners, Stillwater Technologies, CarStar of Troy, HV ACDirect.com, Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Troy Ford, Dave Arbogast Buick GMC, S. Howard Cheney, F & P America, MAK Dental Group, Steve and Marty Baker, ITW Food Equipment Group, Kerber Sheet Metal, Ohio CAT, The Olivine Design Studio, Miami County FOP Lodge and Troy Community Radio.
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