Plain Township trustees are weighing $50,000 worth of repairs to a 2003 Chevrolet Impala owned by the fire department.

Plain Township trustees are weighing $50,000 worth of repairs to a 2003 Chevrolet Impala owned by the fire department.

"It's a 2003 (model) with 123,000 miles on it that's used as a backup for (assistant fire Chief) Jack (Rupp) and me," said Plain Township Fire Chief John Hoovler.

Hoovler told the trustees at their Jan. 19 meeting that the car is equipped with a radio, lights and sirens so it may be used to respond to emergency situations if he or Rupp does not have his primary vehicle.

Since Hoovler and Rupp do not use the vehicle frequently, it also is driven by fire inspectors visiting various buildings in the department's coverage area and by firefighters attending off-site training sessions.

Many of the proposed repairs are to the front end and suspension system and cost is estimated at $2,900.

"It could cost $1,500 to move stuff (radio, lights and sirens) to another vehicle," Hoovler said.

The trustees asked the chief report on the car's actual value at a future meeting before they decide whether to repair it or purchase another vehicle.

"I'd like to think about it for another couple weeks," said trustee Dave Olmstead.

In other news from the meeting, the fire department has received its new fire truck, but it has yet to be put in service.

Hoovler said firefighters currently are completing their training on the new vehicle. A final unit was scheduled to train on the vehicle Jan. 21 and the department was waiting for one more piece of equipment to be installeds.

Hoovler anticipates the truck will be taken out on its first run the first week of February.

The new truck from Amlin-based Sutphen Corp. - near Dublin - cost about $560,000, which does not include all the equipment being installed on it, Rupp said.

Some of its equipment is different than that of the current engine, which is why the firefighters must complete training prior to using it.

The new truck has a compressed air foam system, a larger generator than the old one and a light tower. The truck will carry rescue tools for removing people from cars involved in accidents and an electric and hydraulic system on the vehicle will allow them to be accessed quickly.

The township anticipates the truck will be in use for 20 years. The current truck, a 2001 model, will become its backup.