June 25, 2016

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Sleek new fire truck comes to local fleet

MEDINA — A smaller, sleeker fire engine rolled into town Friday.

Fire Chief Bob Painter said the 2012 International truck will be used to battle smaller blazes such as car, trash bin and grass fires.

Medina firefighter Pat Barrett takes a trial run Friday afternoon in Montville Engine 1, which will be housed at the Medina Fire Department's Station 1. (STEVE GRAZIER / GAZETTE)

It also will transport firefighters to do “smaller stuff,” such as smoke detector changes for residents and businesses.

“This is a quick-response and service vehicle all rolled into one,” Painter said. “It’ll allow us to get on the road faster, and we’ll get better fuel mileage.”

The chief said the cost of the new truck came in at about $230,000 — less than half the price of a new full-size engine.

The truck was purchased by Montville Township, which shares fire operations with the city of Medina.

Painter said the new truck took about six months to build. It has a 750-gallon-per-minute water pump, can carry 300 gallons of water and 10 gallons of foam, and can haul four firefighters.

“It’s got a rope, along with water and ice rescue materials,” such as safety vests and exposure suits, the chief said.

Painter said the city intended to purchase the truck in July but changed plans when Montville Township offered to buy it.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.