The Sylvania Township Fire Department has acquired a new medic truck. The truck will be stationed at Firehouse # 3, which is located near the intersection of Whiteford and Monroe Streets in Sylvania.
The new medic truck is cross-staffed with Truck 63, meaning that if a medical call is dispatched responders will take the medic unit, if a fire call is dispatched they will take the fire truck.
Deputy Chief Mike Froelich, OFC
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The new medic truck is a 2019 Horton built ambulance The purchase price for the unit, which is being leased, is $318,000. The cost of the new truck’s lease, along with that of another new department unit acquired in 2018, is to be paid for with transport revenue.
The new truck is a Type I heavy duty transport truck, to see vehicle details click here: hortonambulance.com/type-1-ambulance-trucks
Deputy Chief Mike Froelich said that the department is happy about placing this new truck into service, so there will now be a more reliable unit with which to serve the community’s needs.
The new unit is replacing a 2011 medic truck with well over 100,000 miles on it. Deputy Chief Froelich says that the unit being replaced was purchased from Lucas County in 2016 for $12,000.
“We bought this to get started back in the EMS transport business due to the decline of private ambulance providers being available to transport our patients in a timely manner,” Deputy Chief Froelich said of the 2011 truck being replaced.
Fire Chief Michael Ramm
The majority of the cost for that older vehicle was for its patient cot lift system which saves on back injuries for firefighters.
According to Deputy Chief Froelich, constant mechanical issues, because of its age, created a significant expense in keeping the older unit running. That cost issue prompted Township Trustees to suggest that it was time for a new vehicle to join the fire department.
Sylvania Township Fire Department’s mechanic, Al Hasenfratz, who was Firehouse Magazine’s 2018 National EVT of the Year (Emergency Vehicle Technician), did the research for a new medic truck purchase and looked at multiple companies and vehicles.
“His expertise is invaluable in helping us make a good decision for a vehicle that will last and not have mechanical or other issues,” Deputy Chief Froelich says of Hasenfratz.
Master EVT Al Hasenfratz
It took about 8 or 9 months for Horton REV Group, near Columbus, Ohio, to build the new medic truck. Horton kept the firefighters up to date on the progress, and Chief Michael Ramm, along with the operations deputy chief and committee who helped in the design, went down to Columbus to see the vehicle in mid-build and then also for a final acceptance inspection. Chief Ramm then drove the vehicle to Sylvania when it was completed.
The new medic truck arrived in Sylvania, had its radio and MDT (Mobile Data Computer) installed, was then stocked with the equipment needed to make it operational, and on Friday January 3 2020, the truck was parked at Station #3 ready to go. The truck’s first EMS run was just a few hours later.
“This older unit will become our back-up unit used when the front-line units are out for regular service and it will be used at football games and other special events where EMS is needed for stand-by,” added Deputy Chief Froelich.
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