Firefighters approved to travel 300+ miles in used truck search

Cary Ashby • Oct 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Norwalk Fire Department has the city’s approval to travel more than 300 miles away to search for a used fire truck.

The motion, which includes up to $1,500 total in travel expenses, passed unanimously Tuesday. Firefighters need to replace vehicles that were put out of service due to safety and liability concerns.

“We are still searching for a used pumper with the $43,000 which you appropriated,” Norwalk Safety-Service Director Dan Wendt said.

Chief John Soisson said he hopes his department can find a vehicle that was a 2000 model or newer.

“There are not very many of them and the good ones are going fast,” he told council.

Firefighters recently went to the Chicago area to check out a 2007 Sutphen truck. Soission said it looked great from the outside, but like vehicles being used in this area, road salt had eaten away at the undercarriage. The chief said he and Capt. Aaron Lynch have learned they need to request photos of undercarriages of the vehicles.

Addressing travel plans for the used truck search, Soission said it would be a quick trip and he plans on being a good steward of the city’s money. The search area generally is east of the Mississippi River and as far south as Florida.

In other action, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan swore in Steve Mercer for the council-appointed vacant position on the planning commission before Tuesday’s meeting.

“I am excited to represent our community and getting to work,” Mercer told council.

Also, Tony Ramos, community outreach manager for NOPEC, honored council clerk Jaime Peiples as the clerk of the week. She was recognized for her always being helpful, her dependability and efficiency in speed-reading.

In addition, Wendt informed council that more than 80 people attended a recent ethics training hosted by the Huron County Chamber of Commerce. The participants included Norwalk department heads, various employees and local government and school officials. The Ohio Ethics Commission covered contract prohibitions, conflicts of interest and ethics laws.

“It was a useful experience for everyone,” Wendt said.

The free, residential tire take-back day is from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at the Huron County Fairgrounds. Each household is allowed to bring 10 tires.

“They won’t reject it if it’s not on the rim. They prefer it off the rim,” Wendt said.

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