Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley got the bad news July 22.
That's when he received a call from Dublin-based Sutphen Corp. telling him to take the city's only ladder truck out of service.
"We've been in contact with them nearly every day. We're here waiting to put our truck back in service," Riley said. "We're sure hoping something happens soon. It's certainly not convenient."
Earlier on July 22, three firefighters in Hall County, Ga., were injured after an apparent mechanical failure caused a five-section ladder to retract unexpectedly.
Sutphen subsequently recalled all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112 and SAI 110 aerial devices and told customers to use the affected trucks in the capacity of an engine or support vehicle only.
Riley said the Marysville Division of Fire hasn't experienced any problems with the ladder on its SP 110 model truck. The ladder is inspected annually, as required by the National Fire Protection Association. The last inspection was done in May.
"They (Sutphen) actually do our annual inspections for us. Everything came back fine," Riley said.
"We are in the holding pattern to find out where they're going to go. We've been in contact with them several times. They have some third-party engineers that have been to Georgia and looking up what kind of designs they have."
The truck cost the city nearly $1 million when it was purchased in 2005. Riley said the cost to replace it now would be well over $1 million.
"We're hoping it's just the pulleys and maybe the cabling in there that would need to be replaced, if anything," he said. "But they said they're going to cover all cost to fix anything that needs fixed."
Elsewhere in central Ohio, fire departments in Columbus, Upper Arlington, Worthington and Genoa and Orange townships each operate trucks affected by the recall.
For now, Marysville will use mutual aid for runs where the ladder may be needed, relying primarily on Washington Township near Dublin, Norwich Township near Hilliard and the city of Delaware. So far, Marysville hasn't had to call on that help.
"We're relying on them to help us out. Their ladders are not affected," Riley said.
"It's the only aerial we have. We used it this year for the rescues at Windsor (High Rise) to get people out of the windows that are high," he said.