New Albany News

Trustees buy battalion chiefs a Chevy Tahoe

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Plain Township trustees Feb. 20 approved $44,700 to purchase a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe for the department's new battalion chiefs to use.

Dave Ferguson and Tom Rybski voted in favor of the resolution. Dave Olmstead was did not attend the meeting.

"We reviewed several different models and what other departments use for command vehicles and this one is the most common," said Township Administrator Ben Collins.

The trustees created the three battalion chief positions last year and Jan. 16 promoted fire captains Joe Brown, Greg Ecleberry and Kevin Sponaugle to the new positions.

Battalion chiefs are the commanding officers at emergency scenes and responsible for coordinating efforts of all participating firefighters.

Fire Chief John Hoovler said the trustees talked about the vehicle purchase during the process.

Collins said Hoovler and Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp each have a vehicle.

The department also has a Chevrolet Impala, a Ford Focus, a pickup truck and a grass-fire truck that carries a water tank.

Hoovler said the Impala is used by firefighters on grocery runs and to attend training sessions if they do not have to carry a lot of gear with them. That precluded it from being used by the battalion chiefs, he said.

"We have the Impala but it can't carry all the equipment they need: the air pack, their turn-out gear, the command board, the Lucas device and a fire extinguisher," Hoovler said.

The Focus is used daily by the fire inspector and the pickup is used by the state fire marshal's office for inspections and for firefighters when they attend training that requires them to carry equipment. The pickup also can haul the department's fire-safety trailer, which is used for demonstrations, Hoovler said.

Funding for the new Tahoe was taken from the fire department's capital-improvements budget, Collins said.

In other business Feb. 20, trustees:

* Approved a resolution to pay Nationwide Children's Hospital $2,900 for pediatric advanced life support training for the firefighters.

Hoovler said $2,500 of the training will be paid with a state grant.

* Approved a resolution to pay Environmental Trenching of Granville $5,758.95 to install 100 feet of pipe on the east side of Bevelhymer Road, north of Walnut Street.

Collins said the township received an easement from the New Albany-Plain Local Joint Parks District to install the drainage pipe, which will carry water east to the catch basin installed for the New Albany service department's building. Water runs from the catch basin under Walnut Street south to the Sugar Run.

Collins said the new pipe will alleviate standing water.

Comments