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Published: Wednesday, 8/3/2005

Fire truck repairs to cost Perrysburg Township

A collision in March that damaged a Perrysburg Township fire truck is going to end up costing the township money - indirectly.

While insurance will cover the cost of repairs stemming from the March 15 crash at State Rt. 795 and Glenwood Road, additional overhaul work that needs to be done has been discovered while the pumper has been at its Wisconsin-based manufacturer's repair shop, Fire Chief Michael Dimick told the township trustees Monday night.

The trustees approved the list of nonaccident repairs, for which the township received a cost estimate of $36,967.

The most expensive item is $7,900 to overhaul the truck's main pump, along with several dozen smaller repairs.

"There's really a little bit of everything," Chief Dimick said after the meeting.

No one was injured in the collision, in which a southbound vehicle on Glenwood failed to yield to the fire truck, which was eastbound on State Rt. 795

The chief also told the trustees that the fire department has been offered five "dry hydrants" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service.

The devices are sumps that can be placed in ponds to facilitate drawing water from them during emergencies.

The dry hydrants are available to residents who live in areas without public water who have ponds on their property, the chief said.

In exchange for receiving them, he said, the property owners have to give the fire department access to them if it needs water to fight fires on neighboring property.

The devices should result in reduced fire-insurance premiums for property owners near where they are installed, Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Brice said.

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