TROY — The Troy Fire Department will be hosting an open house at Station 1 on Sunday to celebrate the dedication of a new rescue truck, which is a first for the department and coincides with trends within the fire department for consolidated services.
Engine 3, which was a 1991 Grumman Firecat, will be retired and is being replaced due to lack of parts available and life cycle costs.
According to Fire Chief Matt Simmons and Assistant Chief Gary Stanley, the fleet is in great shape.
“We have a five year fleet replacement schedule that the city is committed to follow based upon safety inspections and maintenance costs which determines the life cycle of the fleet,” he said. “We have partnered with Ohio CAT three years ago and our vehicles are receiving top quality services, allowing us to properly plan for future vehicle replacement based on accurate data.”
Simmons said the need for the rescue truck stemmed from the fire department no longer responding only to fire and EMS calls.
“We are responding to an ‘all hazards approach’ for the variety of call types seen, including fire suppression, EMS first responder, water rescue, trench rescue, high angle rescue, HAZMAT and vehicle extrication,” he said. “It is based on our needs assessment to have a vehicle that can allow us to safely respond to emergencies with the equipment needed to mitigate it.”
There are many variations of a rescue truck within Miami Valley Region. Besides the city of Troy, Covington will be taking delivery of their new rescue/engine this fall. The rescue engine is a hybrid truck that would take the place of two pieces of apparatus within a fire department. A rescue truck has equipment with no firefighting capabilities whereas a rescue engine has both.
The rescue truck will carry all the necessary equipment to mitigate structure fires as well as the initiation of all six disciplines of rescue — vehicle extrication tools, water rescue equipment, high angle rescue, trench rescue, rope rescue and confined space rescue. This truck will also carry EMS equipment to first respond to emergencies such as a heart monitor, airway and trauma equipment, and medications to stabilize individuals until a transport ambulance arrives.
The final price of this vehicle was $597,000. To purchase a traditional fire truck and a rescue truck separately would be over a million dollars today.
“We’ll have our smokehouse there like we do for National Night Out and the Miami County Fair,” he said. “The main focus is dedicating the new fire truck, since that’s going to be a benefit for the general public.”
The dedication and open house will take place from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Station 1, located at 19 E. Race St. in Troy.
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